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Time-of-Use rate plans are an easy way for Californians to continue our clean energy leadership while ensuring a more responsible and sustainable energy future for generations to come. Customers on Time-of-Use rate plans shift some electricity usage to times when costs are less and demand is lower.


On this Time-of-Use rate plan, 4 to 9 p.m. are higher-priced (peak) times. All other times are lower-priced (off-peak).

24-hour graph depicting lower priced off-peak (5 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and higher priced peak hours (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) for Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4 – 9 p.m. Every Day)


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Small shifts can make a difference


Prices are lower on your new rate plan for 19 hours a day because that is when demand is lower and renewable resources, like solar power, are most plentiful. Changing when you use some electricity will help California make progress toward its clean energy goals.


Follow these simple tips to shift electricity use to times when demand and prices are lower:



Anytime: Turn it off
Turning lights, appliances, TVs and computers off while not in use is one of the easiest ways to conserve energy.





Morning to midday: Pre-cool your home
If you have air conditioning, cool your home during lower-priced times. Then, nudge it up to 78 F or higher (health permitting) during peak times.





Late afternoon to evening: Load first, run later
During peak times, get your dishes loaded and your clothes ready to wash or dry, then wait until lower-priced off-peak times to wash them.





Late night: Press the start button
When peak time ends, run your laundry or dishwasher overnight.





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Other Time-of-Use rate plans


These rate plans offer lower prices during week day periods when energy costs are lower and during all hours on weekends and most holidays.

Learn about other Time-of-Use rate plans


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Bill Protection for Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4–9 p.m. Every Day)


Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4–9 p.m. Every Day) rate plan comes with Bill Protection for the first 12 months for eligible customers. If you pay more during your first year on the Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4–9 p.m. Every Day) rate plan than you would have on your current rate plan, we will credit you with the difference at the end of the first 12 months. If you decide you are not satisfied on this rate plan, you can switch to another rate plan at any time. Bill Protection will still apply for the time that you were on the Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4–9 p.m. Every Day) rate plan.