Time-of-Use Matters for Business Energy Costs

With business pricing plans, your energy costs are based on how much electricity you use and when you use it. You can save money by shifting some energy use to lower-cost time periods outside the on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. You’ll find Time-of-Use periods for your pricing plan on your SDG&E bill  and in My Account.

Time-of-Use at a Glance

When you use energy is as important as how much you use.

With Time-of-Use pricing plans, energy prices are different based on the time of day.

Pricing plans for mid-sized and larger businesses typically have three Time-of-Use periods: On-Peak, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak (see charts below).

Some plans include an event day time period  of 2-6 p.m. on up to 18 event days per year, when Reduce Your Use or Critical Peak Pricing  events are activated.

Electricity prices are also based on two seasonal periods:

  • Summer: June 1 – October 31
  • Winter: November 1 – May 31

Small Business

Year-round schedule pricing plans with two TOU periods.

Weekdays Off Peak and On Peak graph

Weekends & Holidays graph

 

  • On-Peak (highest demand, highest price)
  • Off-Peak (lower demand, lower price)

Reduce Your Use and Critical Peak Pricing Event Day time periods are between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*Holidays:   New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Medium - Large Business

Year-round schedule pricing plans with three TOU periods.

 

TOU Weekdays chart

TOU Weekends & Holidays

  • Super Off-Peak (lowest demand, lowest price)
  • Off-peak (lower demand, lower price)

Reduce Your Use and Critical Peak Pricing Event Day time periods are between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*Holidays:   New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.