Time-of-Use Tips

Tips to Maximize Your Savings with Time-of-Use Rates

What are some things that you can do to shift load and take advantage of lower rates in the off-peak hours?

  1. Change the thermostat settings on your HVAC unit so that it doesn’t run as much during the on-peak hours. See PWC’s Customer Incentive Programs for more information about Wi-Fi and programmable thermostat incentives.
  2. Wait to run the dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, oven, TV and other appliances when the cost of electricity is lower.
  3. Turn off unnecessary lights.

Heating and Cooling: account for a large portion of your electric use.

During peak hours:

  • Turn your thermostat up in warm weather, down when it’s cold – air conditioning at 78 degrees and heat at 68 degrees still “feels great.” A programmable thermostat will make this easy.
  • Close blinds or drapes to keep the sun or the cold air out.
  • Have your heating/cooling systems serviced annually so they operate efficiently.
  • Don’t open doors unnecessarily or hold them open.
  • Use fans to make the temperature feel about 4 degrees cooler.
  • Minimize the use of appliances, such as your oven/stovetop, that add heat to the house.

Water Heaters: are the next highest energy users.

During peak hours:

  • Avoid using large amounts of hot water (for washing clothes, bathing, etc).
  • If you have to do laundry, use cold water settings.
  • Turning your water heater off during peak hours; a simple water heater timer will do it for you.

In General:

  • Wash and dry laundry and run your dishwasher during off-peak hours.
  • Consider purchasing “smart” appliances, now offered by some manufacturers, and connecting them to home energy management system; this can make a big difference, making it easy to save more with Time-of-Use Rates.
  • Take showers/baths during off-peak hours.
  • Unplug electronics that are not in use.
  • Be extra vigilant about conserving power in any way you can during peak hours.