Time-of-Use Pricing Plans

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When it comes to energy use, timing really is everything

Throughout California, customers are switching to Time-of-Use pricing plans. These plans give you more choice and control for managing your energy use. With these plans, prices will be lower all day except between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. when prices are higher.

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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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 and not all may be Time-of-Use based or have bill protection. 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.

The choice is yours: TOU-DR1 and TOU-DR2 include one year no-risk pricing, meaning you can try these plans RISK-FREE for up to one year and 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. 

Time of Use (TOU-DR1)

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  • 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 bill protection. Try this plan for up to one year. If you end up spending more than you would have on your previous plan, we’ll credit you the difference.
  • 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 bill protection. Try this plan for up to one year. If you end up spending more than you would have on your previous plan, we’ll credit you the difference.
  • Save by keeping your energy use below 130% of your Baseline Allowance and shifting your energy use to off-peak hours.

In addition to the plans above, you may be eligible for the Time-of-Use Plus pricing plan.

Time-of-Use Plus (TOU-Plus)

  • 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, and 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.

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What is Baseline?

Knowing your baseline means knowing the basic monthly allowance of energy you can get at the lowest price.

Your baseline is determined by where you live, season, number of days in your billing cycle and whether you have just electricity or both gas and electricity.

Summer prices differ from Winter prices. Your baseline amount of energy is important because once you use all your baseline energy, you move to the higher second-tier pricing. Learn more: sdge.com/baseline

How Time of Use and Baseline Work Together

Time of Use works in combination with baseline. Energy prices have a time period component and a baseline component.

Here are the current winter prices for the Standard pricing plan and the Time-of-Use pricing plans.

Winter Prices
November 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019

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Summer Prices
June 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

Baseline and TOU

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Videos

Use these videos to learn more about Time-of-Use pricing plans:

What is Time of Use?

Learn more in this overview of Time-of-Use pricing plans.

How does Time of Use work?

Time-of-Use pricing is based on when you use energy, not just how much you use.

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 typical U.S home now has almost 30 electronic products. Most of which need to be plugged in or recharged. Turn off these products when not in use or use a power strip as a central point to turn off when you’re finished. Make sure to unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when electronics, like phones, are fully charged or disconnected from the charger.

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 an option for “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 pre-cool 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. Think about a programmable thermostat, which can be preset, making it more convenient, while also saving you money. 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 regular washers. 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 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