In order to maximize your San Diego solar energy savings, you should learn a little about how electricity is bought and sold. Currently Electricity is sold in tiers in San Diego County. However, starting at the beginning of 2018 SDG&E will begin to move customers to a time-of-use rate. Full implementation will be completed in 2019.
TOU plans take into account the time of day you are using energy and price it differently. There are three time periods where electricity is priced differently throughout a 24 hour period. These are called On-Peak, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak. Super Off-Peak is from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays, and 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays. During the on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., increased demand on the electric grid means a higher cost to produce and deliver electricity. Off-Peak hours are all other times. For most people this will mean higher electric bills due to the fact the most people are home in the evenings along with their families. SDG&E says that if you are willing to shift the majority of your usage to Off-Peak hours you can save money. While this is true, it is almost impossible for most people to do this due to the fact the most people work during the day as well as kids being in school, and most are asleep during night time Off-Peak hours.
Bottom line is SDG&E will charge an average of $0.54 per kWh during On-Peak hours. But don’t take it from us. The following two links are directly from SDG&E and show how these rates are structured.
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