Learn how to save on energy bills with your time-of-use rate plan
Did you know that time-of-use (TOU) rate plans can save you money on your energy bills? East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) transitioned most customers to TOU rate plans in 2021. With TOU rates, the price of electricity increases during peak hours, typically between the hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
By shifting some of your electricity usage to non-peak hours when energy is cheaper and less polluting, you can maximize your energy savings and lower the cost of your bills. TOU plans also support a healthier environment by encouraging customers to use energy when renewable resources like wind and solar are readily available.
Energy Upgrade California offers simple, yet effective tips to reduce energy consumption during peak hours, including:
- Turning off all non-essential lighting when not in use
- Operating washing machines and dishwashers outside of peak hours
- Cooling your home outside of peak demand hours
- Setting the thermostat for your air conditioner at a higher temperature during peak hours
- Installing and using timers to run electricity-consuming appliances such as dishwashers, ovens, and indoor and outdoor lighting
To help reduce your energy usage during peak hours, Hayward residents are eligible to receive a free energy and water efficiency kit from Rising Sun Center for Opportunity when they take this 15-minute survey. For more energy-saving tools and programs, please visit https://www.bayren.org/home-learning-center/articles-tools-tips.