Time-Based Usage

Time-Based Usage is a voluntary rate program members can sign up for to save energy and money throughout the year. With Time-Based Usage rates, electric charges vary based on the time of day and the season in which the energy is used, unlike flat electric rates where members are charged the same amount for electricity no matter when it is used. This voluntary program gives members the power to reduce their energy bill by shifting energy use from on-peak to off-peak hours, while also helping the co-op reduce its overall demand.

What is Time Base Usage?

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    Avoided wholesale power cost will be calculated by dividing the prior year’s total power purchase cost (excluding demand costs, transmission costs, ERCOT and related fees, and distribution costs) by the prior year’s total kWh’s purchased. The avoided cost will be adjusted once each calendar year, and the amount of the adjustment will be implemented on July 1 of each year.

How to Save with Time-Based Usage

To save money with TBU, members should shift their energy usage away from the peak-usage times, noted in red on the clocks. To see the greatest savings, members should shift as much energy to the light blue times as possible. Small shifts and changes can help you to save money:
  • • Try scheduling your washing machine and dryer to run sometime between off-peak hours.
  • • Turn up your thermostat during peak times – a few degrees can make a big difference.
  • • Cool your house at night during economy and normal rate hours.
  • • Move your dinnertime and cook after peak usage time you will save time and energy.
All of these little changes, and moving your energy usage out past the peak-usage times, will help you keep a little spare change in your pocket!

*Reflected price is the energy cost only and does not include delivery fee, fuel cost adjustment, availability charge or other taxes and fees that may apply. All TBU rates listed are effective as of August 1, 2023.

Sign up for Time-Based Usage today!

Time-Based Usage can save members money when they use electricity during off-peak hours. This plan is not right for everyone, but many of our members are already saving by switching. See if Time-Based Usage is right for you by filling out the form below or by calling Member Relations at 866.226.3372.
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