Time-of-Use Rates

Our Time-of-Use rate encourages you to reduce electricity use during peak hours and super-peak hours by tying your electricity rates to the times at which you use it.
Under the Time-of-Use rate, you’ll pay less during off-peak periods and more during peak and super-peak times—particularly during the summer. 

That means you’ll need to change your routine—like running your dishwasher, air conditioner, oven, and dryer only during off-peak hours—or you could end up paying more. But, with the right routine, you should be able to save money each month.

Peak and Off-Peak Periods

TOU rates apply only to the Delivery Charge portion and, for certain TOU customers, the Supply Charge portion of your overall electric energy bill

We buy the power supply you need from generating companies in the open market and then deliver that energy to your home or business.

The cost for your electric supply is shown on your energy bill as the Market Supply Charge. The cost for our delivery of that electricity is listed on your bill as Delivery Charge. This is one portion of your bill is where the TOU rate applies. If you take supply from us and are not subject to hourly pricing, your supply charge will also have a TOU component to it. You'll be charged two different prices for your peak and off-peak supply requirements. Typically, 53% of the annual residential bill payment is for Market Supply Charges, with 45% covering our delivery costs and 2% going to government taxes.

Could I end up paying more on the TOU rate?

Although you may see a slight increase in your summer electric bills under the TOU rate, the savings you may gain during the eight months of October through May could help you lower your annual electric costs.

The TOU rate is offered as an incentive to shift your electric use from peak to off-peak hours — particularly during the summer.

Being on the TOU Rate will require you to make adjustments in your daily routine. If you don't change your energy usage patterns, you could pay more — or your may come out about even — on this rate.

So, it's up to you to switch your electric use to the less expensive off-peak hours, especially for large appliances like dishwashers, air conditioners, electric heating systems, electric ovens or clothes dryers.

Measuring your energy use on TOU

If you sign up, we'll arrange to install a special TOU meter at your home. Unlike your current electric meter, the TOU meter records your total kilowatt-hour consumption, and the meter's computerized clock keeps track of your energy use during different times of the day and year.

How to sign up

Contact Customer Assistance. If you sign up for TOU, then decide it's not right for you, you can switch back to the standard rate after a minimum of one year. We'll let you know ahead of time when your one-year anniversary date is. 

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