TOU: Save Energy – and Money –
from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The recent time-of-use (TOU) transition means that most residential customers are now on a TOU rate plan and have more control over their electric bills. Under TOU rates, electricity prices vary according to the time of day. If you received a notice about the TOU transition and did not decline the transition, you are likely on the E-TOU-C rate plan with lower rates 19 hours a day and peak pricing from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Most customers are expected to save on this plan without changing their habits. However, by taking some of the following actions, you could save more and support a cleaner, more reliable grid.

Tips to conserve energy from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.:

  • Turn off all but essential lighting
  • Pre-cool your home in the morning to reduce need for air conditioning during peak hours
  • Set the thermostat for your air conditioner at a higher temperature
  • Run large appliances like your dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, and oven during off-peak hours. Use the delay start function or a timer to help!
  • Charge electronics overnight, including your EV
  • Sign up to receive monthly texts with energy-saving tips and reminders from SJCE by texting “CLEAN” to 833-415-2329

Most California residential electricity customers are being transitioned to TOU rates as part of a statewide initiative to ensure greater grid reliability, fight climate change, and support a cleaner and healthier energy future. California generates plenty of solar energy during the day and wind energy is typically more abundant overnight. But between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., the sun sets just as residential electricity demand increases. By adopting TOU rate plans, customers are incentivized to use energy during the cheaper and cleaner 19 hours of the day and decrease energy use during peak hours. In turn, this will reduce the need for fossil fuel energy sources and lead to a cleaner, more reliable grid. Learn more about TOU and why it matters.