Time of Use Savings Program

Off Peak Advantage:
EPUD’s Voluntary Time of Use Savings Program

After receiving strong customer support in favor of a time of use program, EPUD launched the voluntary Off Peak Advantage Time of Use Savings Program pilot project in Summer 2021. The enrollment period for the pilot project is now closed but watch for new opportunities to enroll in Fall of 2022.

Two Ways to Save!

Off Peak Advantage participants have two opportunities to save money. First, by shifting energy usage from peak hours to off peak hours, that usage is billed at a lower rate. The more energy usage you shift from peak hours, the more money you’ll save on your monthly bill.

Second, program participants can collectively lower peak demand over time (peak demand refers to the times when customer demand is at its highest and energy costs the most for the utility to purchase). Successfully lowering the peak demand will allow EPUD to reduce expensive power purchases to meet that demand and, in turn, keep rates low for all customers!

Rates and Hours

With Off Peak Advantage, you are billed using different rates for peak and off peak hours. Peak rates and hours also differ between summer and winter seasons. The rates and peak hours are shown below:

  • Summer Peak Usage Charge - $0.0873 per kWh
  • Winter Peak Usage Charge - $0.1500 per kWh
  • Year-Round Off Peak Usage Charge - $0.0600 per kWh
WINTER PEAK HOURS
October through April, Weekdays (Monday-Friday)
Peak Hours Start Time Peak Hours End Time
6:00 AM 11:00 AM
5:00 PM 8:00 PM

All weekend/holiday usage is billed at the low off peak rate.

 

SUMMER PEAK HOURS
May through September, Weekdays (Monday-Friday)
Peak Hours Start Time Peak Hours End Time
5:00 PM 9:00 PM

All weekend/holiday usage is billed at the low off peak rate.

 

Who can benefit most from Off Peak Advantage?

Customers who are strongly motivated to save money and willing to change their usage habits accordingly are best suited for the program. It is not a good fit for households that don't have flexibility to change their usage patterns, or have family members who are less motivated to adjust their usage habits. In fact, those who enroll in the Off Peak Advantage program and are unsuccessful in shifting usage to off peak hours could see their energy costs increase.

Tips for Shifting Peak Usage

Shifting your energy usage from peak hours to off peak hours is easier than you might think. Here are some of the most effective changes you can make to benefit from Off Peak Advantage:

  • Adjust your thermostat to reduce heating and cooling during peak hours or when you are not home.
  • Operate large appliances such as washing machines, clothes dryers, and dishwashers during off-peak hours.
  • Install timers on electric water heaters so they operate mainly during off-peak hours.
  • If you have an electric vehicle, charge it during off-peak hours.
  • Set timers on pool and spa pumps to run during off-peak hours.
  • Turn off all non-essential lights during on-peak hours.
  • Enjoy electricity-consuming hobbies during the off-peak hours.