Time-of-Day (5-8 p.m.) Rate
Managing your electricity use
Summer’s here and so are summer rates, starting June 1 through September 30. You can save on your SMUD bill by shifting your electricity use to off-peak hours before 5 p.m. and after 8 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays.
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, do them 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 low-cost off-peak hours can help lower your electric bill.
TOD savings tip
Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. You'll save around 5 - 10% on cooling costs for every two degrees you raise the temperature.
- 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. All hours on weekends and holidays 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.
- Use small appliances to cook. Microwaves, toaster ovens and pressure cookers use about 66% less energy than a conventional oven.
- Since up to 20% of heating and cooling inside a typical home is lost through the windows, check the weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.
- Gaming systems are fun but also use a lot of energy. Give your system a rest from 5 p.m. 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 12 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.