When you use electricity can make a difference in how much it costs
With Time of Day Pricing from Alliant Energy, you can reduce the amount you pay for electricity just by using it wisely and at the right time.
How does the Time of Day program work?
All the electricity you use during off-peak hours - between late evening and overnight hours and all weekend - is billed at a significant discount.
Why? Off-peak hours are when the demands for electricity are lowest. By using less electricity during the day, you're helping us keep the power flowing to all our customers - and you're helping the environment.
The discount amount and off-peak hours vary depending on where you live. Choose the appropriate brochure below to learn how much you can save with Time of Day Pricing:
- Time of Day Pricing for Iowa and Minnesota customers [PDF]
- Time of Day Pricing for Wisconsin customers [PDF]
Is this a free lunch?
Although you earn a discount for the off-peak electricity you use, you'll also pay a premium for the electricity you use during on-peak periods. However, the vast majority of customers on the Time of Day program save money - and the savings can be considerable.
Is there a cost to participate?
Depending on the type of electric meter at your residence, a special Time of Day meter may need to be installed. There is no additional cost for the meter, and you will be billed a minimal fee for it each month. However, the amount you save can easily make up the difference - and more. Your electric bill will show both your on-peak and off-peak usage and cost.
What if I don't save money?
If you don't use as much electricity off-peak as you thought, and can't adapt your use to fit the program, we'll remove you from the Time of Day rate. We do ask that you remain on the program for a minimum of one year to really see the benefit. Wisconsin customers may be charged a fee to be removed from the Time of Day rate.
If a special meter was installed, we’ll remove it and replace it with a standard meter. The extra monthly charge will be discontinued when the meter is changed.
How can I make Time of Day Pricing work for me?
Make sure you use as much electric energy as possible during the low-cost, off-peak period during evenings and weekends:
- Turn off your air conditioner during the day, or turn thermostat up five to ten degrees.
- If you have an electric water heater, install a timer to heat water only at night.
- Wait to run your dishwasher until evening.
- Instead of using your electric oven, cook with smaller appliances like your microwave or toaster oven.
- Keep track of how and when you use your electric appliances to determine what tasks you can delay until off-peak hours.
How do I sign up or get more information?
Just complete and submit our online Time of Day Pricing Enrollment form. A customer service consultant will verify your eligibility and contact you with more details.