Because TOU rates are based on when and how much energy you use, you can save money by switching some of your daily activities to off-peak hours that still work for your lifestyle.
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Work from Home Warrior
Take a break from meetings and email to do laundry in the middle of the day.
Wait to run your dishwasher until you turn on your favorite nighttime show.
Turn off everything but a lamp while you relax and read the latest best seller.
Run your A/C while you're experimenting with your latest recipe in the early afternoon, then switch to a fan during peak-times when rates are higher.
If you have a pool, set the pool pump in the morning or early afternoon to run for 4 to 6 hours.
Game Night Guru
Get competitive and bond over a board game instead of watching TV during peak hours.
If you pay more on your TOU plan than you would have paid on your previous plan, you will automatically receive a credit on your bill for the difference after the first 12 months. Don't worry, you can switch to a different rate plan twice during this 12-month period.* Visit the Rate Plan Comparison Tool to review your annual cost.
From smart thermostats to light bulbs, today's technology makes it easier than ever to manage your home energy usage from your phone. By customizing your settings to shift your energy usage away from on-peak hours, you'll be able to take advantage of lower rates and reduce your carbon footprint.
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By shifting your energy usage to off-peak hours during the day, you're using energy when cleaner options are more abundant.
With TOU, you can take advantage of lower electricity prices in the morning, afternoon, and late at night. The more you can shift your energy usage to when rates are lower, the more you'll save.
It's more than just savings. By making small changes to avoid on-peak hours, you're actively deciding when and how you use your energy. Remember, rates are higher in the summer months than the rest of the year. To review your annual cost, visit the Rate Plan Comparison Tool.
By making small shifts in your daily routine, you're helping us reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and get closer to our goal of a carbon-free future for California.
Off-peak and on-peak hours refer to how much your rate costs during certain times of day. On-peak hours are the highest prices and occur from either 4 to 9 p.m. or 5 to 8 p.m. The name of your rate plan corresponds to your on-peak hours. Off-peak hours are any time of the day other than on-peak hours from 4 to 9 p.m. or 5 to 8 p.m. By understanding when your on-peak hours are, you can shift your energy use to times when energy is cheaper to save money on your monthly bill.
On your previous Tiered rate plan, you were billed based on how much energy you used every month, regardless of the time of day. Every month you were allocated a certain amount of low-cost energy based on where you live, and if you went over that amount, you were charged at a higher rate. If you used a lot of energy, you may have paid a High Usage Charge.
On TOU plans, your rate varies depending on the time of day, day of the week, and season. Rates are highest during on-peak hours from 4 to 9 p.m. or 5 to 8 p.m. depending on your rate plan, and lower during off-peak hours. Unliked the Tiered rate, you will never have to pay a higher rate based on how much energy you have already used this month. TOU plans also give you more control of your energy bill by allowing you to determine how much energy you use during on-peak and off-peak times.
If you have an electric vehicle (EV) and are currently on the TOU-D-4-9PM or TOU-D-5-8PM rate plan, you may want to consider switching to TOU-D-PRIME.
TOU-D-PRIME is for households that own or lease certain clean energy technologies, including electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, an electrical heat pump for water or space heating, or a residential battery for energy storage. Keep in mind that TOU-D-PRIME does not qualify for bill protection.
There is no minimum commitment period, and you can choose to sign up or un-enroll from the TOU-D-4-9PM, TOU-D-5-8PM, or TOU-D-PRIME rate plans at any time. Keep in mind that you may only switch rate plans twice in the 12-month period following your transition to the TOU rate.
Get step-by-step guidance on how to read your TOU bill with our Understanding Your Time-Of-Use (TOU) Bill PDF
Customers on NEM 1.0 are eligible for bill protection.
Customers on NEM 2.0 are not eligible for bill protection per the tariff. If your account started taking service on NEM 2.0 after your account migrated to a TOU rate, then you must take service on a TOU rate and can no longer switch back to the Domestic rate. Eligible bill protection credits, if any, will be applied within the next two billing periods after starting service on NEM 2.0.
When the SOMAH network becomes active, bill protection will no longer be applicable and will close out per the tariff. Eligible credits, if any, will be applied within the next two billing periods.
*TOU-D-PRIME does not qualify for bill protection. Bill protection calculations may differ if a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) is responsible for the generation of your electricity. In such cases, you may receive bill protection from SCE for distribution charges only. Please check with your CCA for more details about bill protection. SOMAH customers are not eligible for bill protection.