Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4 - 9 p.m. Every Day) (E-TOU-C)
Check the hour before using power
On Time-of-Use rate plans, shift some electricity usage to times when costs are less and demand is lower. On this rate plan, 4 to 9 p.m. are higher-priced (peak) times. All other times are lower-priced (off-peak).
EVERY DAY (WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS)(E-TOU-C)
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 off lights, appliances, TVs and computers 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) at 4 p.m.
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 after 9 p.m. to wash them.
Late night: Press the start button
After 9 p.m., when peak time ends, run your laundry or dishwasher overnight. It will be done when you wake up the next day.
See easy ways to shift and lower your energy use during peak hours
Understanding Baseline Allowance
The first and lowest priced tier is called your Baseline Allowance. It consists of an allotment of energy based on where you live, your heating source, and the season —summer or winter. Eight months of winter (October 1 through May 31) have lower prices than the four months of summer (June 1 through September 30).*
- Energy used within your Baseline Allowance is billed at the lowest price.
- Energy used above the Baseline Allowance is billed at a higher price.
* Learn more about Baseline Allowance and applicable rates here.
How this plan works with Baseline Allowance
- The price for energy changes when you exceed your Baseline Allowance and when energy is used during peak hours.
- Since the Baseline Allowance changes by season, the amount of energy billed at the lowest price also changes by season.
- You can save on your bill by shifting usage to off peak hours and staying within Baseline Allowance as long as possible.
- This plan works best for customers who can keep their usage close to Baseline Allowance and conserve energy from 4 to 9 p.m. every day.