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When it comes to saving on energy, timing really is everything

Time-of-Use is a statewide initiative that’s about much more than saving energy or money. It’s about keeping our state cleaner and healthier, and protecting our environment for generations to come. It’s about working together to reach California’s energy goals.

This new way of pricing energy puts customers in control. If they can shift some of their energy use to lower-cost time periods outside 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., they can lower their electricity bills and make better use of cleaner, renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, when they are more available.

It’s your home, your community, your world and your choice, but California can’t succeed as a smart energy leader without all of us. It’s just that simple.

SDG&E began transitioning residential customers to Time-of-Use pricing plans in early 2019. Take a look around and hopefully you’ll find the information about this initiative helpful.

With Time-of-Use, The Clock is On Your Side

Knowing when to use energy gives you more choice and control over managing your energy costs. You get to make the choices that best fit your household and your budget. With Time-of-Use, the environment wins and so do you. Ready to save? You decide.

The Best Time to Save

Time-of-Use pricing is all about when you use energy. And who better to tell you all about when than resident expert Whendell? Power down from 4 P.M. to 9 P.M. By doing so, you can benefit both your wallet and the environment, while also helping California achieve its clean energy goals.

 

Use the information below to learn more about Time-of-Use plans and select the plan that best fits your household’s needs.

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Sign up now in My Account

The choice is yours. You can make your pricing plan selection today.

  1. Login to My Account.
  2. Then click on “Compare Pricing Plans” to review your options.
  3. Choose your plan by clicking on “Enroll in This Plan.”

Note: the “Compare Pricing Plans” section will show several plan options for you, some of which may not be Time-of-Use or have one-year  no-risk pricing. If you are a Net Energy Meter customer, the cost comparisons will not reflect your true up amount. Visit sdge.com/solar for more information.

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How it Works

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.

Each day is broken out into different time periods:

  • On-Peak
  • Off-Peak 
  • Super Off-Peak (TOU-DR1 only)

Energy costs are lower during the off-peak and super off-peak (TOU-DR1 only) time periods and highest only during the on-peak period.

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Time-of-Use Pricing Plans

Here are two Time-of-Use pricing plans for your home:

TOU-DR1 and TOU-DR2 include one-year no-risk pricing, meaning you can try these plans RISK FREE for up to one year. If you end up spending more than you would have on your previous plan, we will credit you the difference.

You can also switch to another available plan at any time.  Learn more about opting out of Time-of-Use pricing plans.

Although most residential customers will move to Time-of-Use plans in 2019, not all customers will be impacted by the transition. Learn more about exclusions.

Time-of-Use (TOU-DR1)

TOU DR1 Chart

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


  • The TOU-DR1 plan breaks your day into three periods: on-peak, off-peak and super off-peak.
  •  Prices are lower before 4 p.m. and after 9 p.m. 
  • You can switch to another available pricing plan at any time.
  • The off-peak and super off-peak hours change by weekdays, weekends and holidays to give you more super off-peak prices.
  • There is no High Usage Charge with the TOU-DR1 plan.
  • The TOU-DR1 plan comes with one-year no-risk pricing
  • Save by keeping your energy use below 130% of your total baseline allowance and shifting your energy use to off-peak hours.

Time-of-Use (TOU-DR2)

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  • The TOU-DR2 plan breaks your day into two periods: on-peak and off-peak.
  • Prices are lower before 4 p.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • You can switch to another available pricing plan at any time.
  • The on-peak and off-peak hours stay the same every day of the week.
  • There is no High Usage Charge with the TOU-DR2 plan.
  • The TOU-DR2 plan comes with one-year no-risk pricing
  • Save by keeping your energy use below 130% of your baseline allowance and shifting your energy use to off-peak hours.

Time-of-Use Plus (TOU-Plus)

TOU-Plus chart

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


  • The Time-of-Use Plus plan breaks your day into three periods: on-peak, off-peak and super off-peak and includes Reduce Your Use event days.
  • Prices are lower year-round except on Reduce Your Use event days, when prices are higher between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Up to 18 Reduce Your Use event days can be called each year, typically in the summer when demand for energy is higher.
  • Other than on Reduce Your Use event days, the on-peak hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The off-peak and super off-peak hours change by weekdays, weekends and holidays to give you more super off-peak prices
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One-Year, No-Risk Pricing*

Both the TOU-DR1 and TOU-DR2  pricing plans come with a one-year no-risk pricing option, meaning you can try one of these plans RISK FREE for up to one year.  If you end up spending more than you would have on the Standard (DR) plan, we’ll credit you the difference.

You can follow along on your bill on the Your Electricity Dashboard page. Look for “1 Year No-Risk Pricing” to see how you’re performing on Time of Use and compare with the Standard pricing plan.

*Not available for accounts opened after 2/28/19 or NEM-ST customers.

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What is "Baseline Allowance"?

The “baseline allowance” establishes the amount of energy the average household needs to run basic appliances for cooking, lighting, etc. based on several factors including where you live and the season.  Priced the lowest, the more you can keep your energy use within your baseline allowance, the lower your energy bill will be.

If you use more than your allowance during your billing cycle, you’ll move to higher pricing for the rest of the energy you use in that month. This applies to both Time-of-Use and Standard plans. However, unlike the Standard plan, you won’t incur a High Usage Charge if you go over more than 400% of your allowance.

Knowing your home’s baseline allowance and staying within it is the best way to control your energy costs.

Learn more: sdge.com/baseline

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Pricing

Summer Season
June 1 - October 31

Standard

55

per kWh
High Usage Charge

39

per kWh

29

per kWh

400%
of
baseline

130%
of
baseline

TOU-DR1

57

per kWh

35

per kWh

30

per kWh

46

per kWh

24

per kWh

19

per kWh

On-Peak Off-Peak Super Off-Peak

TOU-DR2

53

per kWh

34

per kWh

43

per kWh

23

per kWh

On-Peak Off-Peak

Prices effective June 1, 2019

Winter Season
November 1 - May 31

Standard

51

per kWh
High Usage Charge

36

per kWh

26

per kWh

400%
of
baseline

130%
of
baseline

TOU-DR1

37

per kWh

36

per kWh

35

per kWh

28

per kWh

27

per kWh

25

per kWh

On-Peak Off-Peak Super Off-Peak

TOU-DR2

37

per kWh

36

per kWh

28

per kWh

26

per kWh

On-Peak Off-Peak

Prices effective June 1, 2019

Find the pricing plan that's right for your home. View our additional plans here.

How to be successful on Time-of-Use

No matter the size of your household, small changes in the way you use energy can help reduce your energy bill. There are  many ways to save throughout your entire home. Here are some examples.

All pricing plans (rates) are subject to the supervision and regulation of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and are subject to change by CPUC order. One Year No-Risk Pricing is applicable for up to 12 months while on TOU-DR1 and TOU-DR2 and does not apply to customers with NEM-ST.

For the average household, about 5 percent of its energy bill is dedicated to lighting. When it comes to energy efficient lighting, there are many choices. Look for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and halogen incandescents. For outdoor lighting that is left on for long periods of time, use CFLs or LEDs as they will save energy. Replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR ® rated models could save you $45 a year.

Source: Dept of Energy

On average, the number of electronics in the typical U.S home is now almost 30, and most of them need to be plugged in to charge. Ensure electronics are powered off when not in use and unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not actively charging. Using power strips as a central point to reduce unnecessary power usage can also help yo conserve energy. 

Source: Edison Electric Institute

Screen savers for computers save your screen, but don’t save energy. Make sure the screen saver does not deactivate your computer’s sleep mode. You can set the computer to operate the screen saver, then go into the sleep mode. If you aren’t going to use your computer for more than 20 minutes, turn off your monitor. If you aren’t going to use your computer for more than 2 hours, turn off your monitor and central processing unit (CPU). It takes more energy to have your computer running than the energy it takes to start it.

 

Source: Edison Electric Institute

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, second only to heating/cooling. There’s a spectrum of options whether you’re able to cut out those extra few minutes in the shower or washing your clothes in cold water to investing in a new energy efficient water heater. Start here for more options: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/heat-and-cool/water-heating.

Check out the rebates available at sdge.com/rebates.

Before using your dishwasher, be sure it’s full but not overloaded. Many dishwashers have the option to select 'air drying' or 'heated drying'. The air-drying setting will use less energy. Consider running your dishwasher before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m. If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, look for one with the ENERGY STAR® label as they are almost 10% more energy efficient than the current federal standards.

If possible, purchase an ENERGY STAR ® rated room air conditioning unit. They are 5-10 percent more efficient than current federal standards. If you’re using the unit to cool a bedroom before sleeping, waiting until after 9 p.m. to start cooling for the night can help you save money.

Source: Edison Electric Institute

You can save as much as 10 percent a year on your energy bill by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. Installing a programmable thermostat in your home will let you automatically adjust the temperature during on-peak hours. Check out the rebates available at: https://sdge.com/rebates .

Source: Dept of Energy

If you’re in the market for a new washer, look for ENERGY STAR® washers. They typically use 20% less energy than washers that meet the minimum federal standards and use 30% less water than their non-ENERGY STAR counterparts. Consider scheduling your laundry before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m. Check out the rebates available at sdge.com/rebates.

Source: Edison Electric Institute

We have pricing plans specifically for electric vehicle drivers, including a plan just for charging your electric vehicle or if you prefer, plans for both your home and electric vehicle. Start here: sdge.com/evplans.

A variable speed pump can reduce energy use by 30-45%. In addition, a heat pump can save up to 80% in energy use compared to a gas heater.

Source: Dept. of Energy

Frequently Asked Questions

Whendell, our resident expert, answers your most frequently asked questions about Time-of-Use pricing plans.

Will I save money with Time-of-Use pricing plans?
Why do I have to move to a Time-of-Use plan?
What impact will Time-of-Use plans have on my bill in the summer?
How am I supposed to stop using energy between 4 pm and 9 pm?
Is Time-of-Use pricing just another way of increasing prices?

Not every SDG&E customer will automatically transition to Time-of-Use. However, if you are transitioning automatically, then you will receive mail and/or email from us about the upcoming change, complete with the date you are scheduled to move to a Time-of-Use plan. These communications will be sent to you over a three-month time frame and include a postcard and two customized communications with pricing plan information and options to select from before you transition.

These are your options for the upcoming transition:

  • Do nothing and we’ll automatically move you to a Time-of-Use pricing plan on the date listed in your personalized letter and/or email.
  • Enroll now in Time-of-Use ahead of your scheduled transition date that is listed in your personalized letter and/or email.
  • Stay on your current plan by contacting us to opt out.

If you choose to enroll early, select a different Time-of-Use plan, or remain on your current plan then you would need to either send back the reply card that came with your direct mail package or go to sdge.com/planenroll and make your selection there. You can even make a selection after you have already transitioned to a Time-of-Use plan. You can try a new Time-of-Use pricing plan risk-free for up to one year. If you end up spending more than you would have on the Standard (DR) plan, we will credit you the difference. Please note that 1-year no-risk pricing is not available to some solar customers (NEM-ST) or accounts opened after 2/28/19.

Information for customers who are exempt from the Time-of-Use transition:

There are certain categories of customers who are not transitioning automatically to Time-of-Use (learn more about exclusions). These customers can also elect to be enrolled in a Time-of-Use plan. It is available for every residential customer. The only difference is they don’t need to take action to remain on their current plan.

Three months prior to transitioning to Time-of-Use, you’ll receive a postcard in the mail (and an email if we have your email on file) to notify you of the upcoming change. In addition, customized communications containing information on your pricing plan options and tips to help you save will be sent to you 60 and 30 days prior to your transition.  

You may transition to Time-of-Use pricing at a different time than your neighbors. We are shifting customers in smaller groups spread out throughout the year to make sure we can maximize the quality and availability of customer service as customers transition to their new plan.

Make your selection of a Time-of-Use plan at sdge.com/MyAccount, then click on “Compare Pricing Plans” to review your options. You can make your selection by clicking on “Enroll in This Plan." It takes a few minutes to complete this process.

The Time-of-Use holidays are:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • President's Day (third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25).

When a holiday listed above falls on Sunday, the following Monday is recognized. No change will be made for Holidays falling on Saturday.

Yes, you will be transitioned, but it depends on when you activated your system. In general, if you activated your system before June 29, 2016 (called “NEM 1.0”) you can choose to remain on the tiered plan until the 20th anniversary of when your system was installed, or as long as the plan is available. If you installed a system after June 29, 2016 but before March 30, 2018 (called “NEM 2.0 or NEM-ST”), then you will transition to a Time-of-Use plan either at the 5-year anniversary of when your system was installed or in June 2021, whichever comes first. If you installed a system after March 30, 2018, then you are already on a Time-of-Use plan and will not be transitioned to another one. Beginning March 1, 2019, new NEM customers are automatically placed on TOU-DR1, unless another option is selected.

You made a great decision to get a solar or wind energy system. When it comes to your pricing plan options, there are a few items to consider, including overall energy usage, size of your system and the date your system was installed. Most importantly, think about your monthly usage and your household habits. If you are able to shift some of your energy use outside of the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., a Time-of-Use plan may work for you. If you own an electric vehicle then one of SDG&E’s electric vehicle, Time-of-Use plans could be even better for you.