2017 residential time-of-use rates
Our optional time-of-use rate can help you take control of your electricity bills, manage your energy use and help the environment.
How the residential time-of-use rate (TOU) works
When you use electricity is just as important as the amount of electricity you use, because you pay different rates for electricity based on the time of day you use it.
TOU time periods and rates
The chart below shows the different time periods and prices on the TOU rate:
Rates are lower during off-peak periods because it costs us less to produce or purchase. Rates increase when both the demand and cost increase. Except for the 3 hours during the Summer Super Peak months, the peak and off-peak rates apply all year and are based on the time electricity is used and not the month.
TOU rates give you flexibility to help you control your electric bill by:
- Shifting your electricity use to off-peak times,
- using less during peak hours, and
- reducing your overall usage.
Once you enroll, you'll remain on the new rate for at least 12 months before you may choose a different rate.
Saving during peak hours is important
The goal of time-of-use pricing is to reduce how much electricity we use during peak hours. Demand for electricity soars during the summer months, especially during weekday late afternoon and early evening hours.
To meet this higher demand, we often have to buy energy from very expensive and less environmentally-friendly sources. We can avoid purchasing less desirable forms of energy by reducing electricity use during peak periods, We all absorb the high costs, but the environmental costs affect the entire planet.
By shifting when you use electricity, you can save on your electric bill and reduce the impact to the electric grid and our community.