Time-of-Day (5-8 p.m.) Rate
Managing your summer electricity use
Summer’s here and so are summer rates. Many of us are spending more time at home, which means we’re probably using more energy. You can save on your summer electricity bill by reducing your electricity use between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
If you’re home on weekdays, take advantage of the lowest summer off-peak rates: Monday through Friday from midnight to noon. Consider doing household chores like laundry or running your dishwasher before noon, or if you’re a night owl, after midnight. You’ll save even more and beat the hottest hours of the day. Or schedule chores for any time on weekends and holidays when all hours are at the lowest off-peak price.
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Energy savings tips
Shifting your appliance use to lower-cost time periods, can help lower your electric bill.
TOD savings tip
Take advantage of low off-peak prices by setting your pool pump to start at midnight. You can save even more, and get at $250 rebate, by upgrading to a variable-speed pool pump.
Save around$10 a month
by setting your pool pump to start running at midnight
- Start or program your dishwasher, washing machine or clothes dryer to run and finish before 5 p.m. or start after 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can save even more during the summer if you schedule household chores to finish before noon on weekdays or anytime on the weekends. Midnight to noon and all hours on weekends are at the lowest off-peak rate.
- Wash full loads of laundry whenever possible and switch your temperature setting from hot to warm to cut energy use in half for a single load. Using the cold cycle can reduce energy use even more. About 90% of the energy consumed for washing clothes is used to heat the water.
- Try to avoid using multiple appliances like your dishwasher, air conditioner and washer and dryer at the same time between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. during the week, when rates are highest.
- If you need to use your air conditioner during peak hours, try setting your thermostat a few degrees higher between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. during the week. You can save 3 to 5% on your cooling costs for each degree you raise the temperature on your thermostat.
- Keep your kitchen cool and make meals that don’t require your oven. Use your grill or small appliances to cook food. Small appliances like microwaves, toaster ovens and pressure cookers, use about 66% less energy than a conventional oven.
- Gaming systems are fun but also use a lot of energy. Give your system a rest from 5 to 8 p.m. Activate power saving settings and turn off controllers when not in use. Learn more at energystar.gov.
Learn more about the different time periods and prices for Time-of-Day.
Get a set monthly bill for four months at a time. Manage your usage, especially in the summer.
Customer success stories
Paul said the switch to Time-of-Day has not been difficult for his family.
"It's amazing how much just minor changes can make a big difference."
See how Paul's family made the switch.
Brian made small changes in his energy usage and has seen great results on the Time-of-Day Rate.
"I've been a TOD customer for about 2 years now. I noticed my bill has actually gone down on the rate."
Watch Brian's story to see how he made TOD work for his lifestyle.