When is the cheapest time to use electricity?


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While it is common for residential electric users to pay the same rate for electricity at all times, some electric companies offer peak and off-peak pricing options. Typically, night and weekend hours offer the lowest prices.

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One example of an electric utility that offers variable pricing is We Energies, in Wisconsin. Customers on the "time of use" plan pay significantly higher prices for electricity from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. In exchange, these customers pay markedly lower rates for electricity from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and all weekend long. Customers can choose when they want their peak hours to be for any 12-hour period between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

When variable electric prices are available, customers have the potential to save money by using energy-intensive appliances when energy is offered at the lower price. Off-peak electric rates are also a great option for people who own electric cars, since they can be recharged when electricity is cheap and driven at any time, even when power is more expensive.

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