Time-of-Use Explained

What is Time-of-Use Pricing?

The provincial government is trying to control when you use your electricity by imposing a new electricity pricing plan known as Time-of-Use Pricing. With Time-of-Use Pricing, the rate you are charged for electricity varies depending on when you use it.

How Confusing is Time-of-Use Pricing?

Peak Period Winter (From Nov 1 to Apr 30) Summer (From May 1 to Oct 31)
Off-Peak 7pm to 7am 7pm to 7am
Mid-Peak 11am to 5pm 7am to 11am and 5pm to 7pm
Peak 7am to 11am and 5pm to 7pm 11am to 5pm

Note: Mid-Peak and On-Peak hours in the summer are flipped in the winter. Sound confusing? That's because it is!

How will Time-Of-Use Pricing Impact me?

If you are like most Canadian households, you will consume a good portion of your electricity within On-Peak and Mid-Peak hours.

To avoid paying higher electricity costs, you may have to:

  1. Prepare all meals after 7:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m.
  2. Leave your air conditioner off during hot summer days.
  3. Do laundry early in the morning or late in the evenings.
  4. Only watch television between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

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