Time-of-Day (5-8 p.m.) Rate

This rate is now the standard rate for all residential customers.

What is Time-of-Day?

On the Time-of-Day (TOD) Rate, you pay different rates for electricity based on the season and the time of day that you use it.

Rates are lower during off-peak periods because it costs us less to produce or purchase electricity. Rates increase as demand and cost for electricity increase, especially during the summer months.

Peak hours are only three hours – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Monday through Friday. All other hours, including all weekends and holidays are off-peak.

TOD Rates help you control your electric bill when you:

  • Shift your electricity use to lower-cost off-peak times
  • Use less electricity during the 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. peak hours
  • Reduce your overall usage

Why the change to Time-of-Day Rates? 

Time-of-Day Rates better reflect the actual cost of providing service. And with clean energy, timing is everything. For example, electricity costs 2 to 3 times more on weekdays between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., especially during the summer, when demand for electricity soars. Reducing electricity use during peak hours will help keep our energy clean and our prices among the lowest in California. These rates will also help us avoid or delay building new power plants and reduce the need to buy electricity from more expensive, less environmentally-friendly sources.

Customers on our Time-of-Day (4-7 p.m.) Rate can visit our TOD (4-7 p.m.) page for more information.

Time-of-Day tools

Time-of-Day Cost Estimator

Curious how our new Time-of-Day Rate will impact the cost of using your TV or dishwasher? Our Time-of-Day Cost Estimator helps you compare the cost of using common household items at different time periods throughout the day and on different seasonal rates (summer and non-summer.)  

Select a high-energy appliance like your clothes dryer or a simple household item like your microwave and find an estimated average cost of usage.

Try the estimator


Time-of-Day cost estimator


Energy Efficiency Home

Energy Efficiency Home

Are you looking for ways to reduce your energy usage and cut your electricity costs on the Time-of-Day (5-8 p.m.) Rate? Explore our Energy Efficiency Home room by room to discover ways you can save. Do simple things like unplugging household items not in use and using a slow-cooker to make dinner.  Or make a bigger impact on your savings by changing the thermostat 2 degrees to save 5-10% on heating and cooling costs.

Get some tips


Learn more about the different time periods and prices for Time-of-Day.

You've got questions, we've got answers. Read through some common questions.
Enroll to avoid seasonal spikes in your bill and balance your monthly payments.

Visit the library and borrow a meter to measure the watts used by your home appliances.

Sign up for text and email alerts to know how the Time-of-Day Rate is impacting your bill.
To help lower your bill, we offer several discounts to eligible customers.

Time-of-Day customer success story

Brian made small changes in his energy usage and has seen great results on the Time-of-Day Rate. He shared:

"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.