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Five reasons to consider switching to a Time of Use plan

East County News Service

June 7, 2018  (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) new Time of Use (TOU) pricing plans are giving residents more choices and control over their energy bills. These plans offer savings for customers who can shift some of their energy use outside the higher cost on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. According to an SDG&E press release:

As folks get home from work in the late afternoon hours and power from renewable energy production drops, energy demand across California increases, driving up prices. TOU plans offer our customers two ways to save – by shifting electricity use to lower cost hours of the day, before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m., and/or by reducing overall usage. Over a 24-hour period, customers can take advantage of 19 hours of off-peak, lower prices.  TOU plans also encourage a cleaner power grid by using energy when renewable resources, like solar power, are readily available.

As summer approaches, and energy use and prices typically increase, small shifts in electricity use can make a big difference. By running the dishwasher or doing laundry during off-peak hours, customers can benefit from lower prices and help the environment when enrolled in a TOU plan. Customers that use high amounts of energy due to air conditioners, pool pumps and other devices can lower their monthly bills if they are able to shift the usage of those devices outside of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

SDG&E is offering a 12-month risk-free trial period for eligible customers who choose a TOU plan. The customer can opt out of these two new plans at any time and SDG&E will credit them back the difference if they would have saved more on the standard plan. Currently, approximately 147,000 residential and 80,000 business customers are enrolled in a TOU plan.

Here are five reasons to switch to a TOU plan:

  1. More choice and control – standard plans offer only one way to save - by reducing use. TOU plans offer a second way to save by shifting electricity usage outside of 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  2. Risk-free guarantee – customers enrolled in a TOU plan will have bill protection for one year. If they would have saved more on their original plan, SDG&E will credit them for the difference. The risk-free guarantee does not apply to solar customers.
  3. Small changes, big impact – simple shifts in usage, such as running the dishwasher or doing laundry during off-peak hours, can result in savings.
  4. Summertime savings – as the weather heats up and pool covers are removed, running pool pumps outside of the 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. peak period can result in savings. If homes or businesses use air conditioning they could also benefit from a TOU plan when adding a smart thermostat. Instant rebates for smart thermostats are available at
  5. Encourage more renewables – TOU plans reflect more renewable integration such as solar, wind and other clean energy sources.


miriamg (Can be funny when she wants)

Quote " who can't turn their computers off during the business day, as well as people who may work night shifts and are at home only during the day. " ( Cute ) You really get a BIG Discount miriamg using power at night for helping us AC Day Walkers survive! I Understand Medications are available now, I think they call them Blood Pills for short for VampAlottitusMagazineus disease as the medical term. :). You're computer Use is a write off... Fire your Tax man if he is not using the line Item.....009! Back to cost's, we did luck out... And use to pay 120.00 I think at our other property. :(


'Time Of Use' is going to be 'forced' upon us eventually. So get prepared. It's too bad the CPUC can't, or won't help control and regulate these energy monopolies like they should.

grandfather TOU

Well New Solar owners are under the same rate now if that helps? I have a 25 Year rate set from SDGE , This was announced by solar companies before the new rate structure took place. I have to say when we plan on finding a place to die (Retire) It will not be California! I'll get in trouble for this from Left Wingers... The Taxes here are crazy! My Mom thought about here seeing kids and grand kids were close. She Made the correct choice and said this place is crazy for retiring, Bought a home in Pensacola FL 2 Acres for 75,000 and makes it all work on social security plus. SAVE SAVE and GET OUT! :)

Solar panel users...

While a great thing - for now - are going to be punished by SDG&E eventually. They can't make the profits their shareholders want, so there will be consequences eventually. I find that type of extortion quite sad really. San Diego electric rates actually vary between 0.22 and 0.50 per KWH depending on the time of day and month it's used. And within a very short time, SDG&E will probably be raising the rates even more. No competition or proper government oversight in any industry equals bad news for consumers.

My Bill for 2 people in Alpine is Minus 3.95 a month...

We make more than we use, I think the most costly bill was 1.95 back in 2016. The Solar system was fully paid for when we bought the house. 3 beds 3 baths 2,445 sqft, we run the pool pump all day and other than that the AC when it gets hot... The rest is normal lights and dryer and washing machine.

Energy Rates 2018 Ca at Number 7

1 Hawaii 32.05 2 Massachusetts 22.49 3 Alaska 21.47 4 Connecticut 21.04 5 Rhode Island 20.22 6 New Hampshire 19.93 7 California 19.17 8 Vermont 17.60 9 New York 17.53 10 Maine 15.61


The problem is how to truly conserve money while lowering electric use during mid-day's so called peak hours when many of us need to use our air conditioners to stay cool for medical reasons. SDG&E does have discount programs for medical needs and low income people, yet the energy rates continue to rise making it difficult sometimes for those of us on limited, and fixed incomes. Why are energy rates so high in this area compared to other states?