When you use electricity can make a difference in how much it costs

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.

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.

Iowa Time of Day rates

Is there a cost to participate?

To participate, a special Time of Day meter needs to be installed. There is no installation cost for the meter. You will be billed a minimal fee for it each month. However, the amount you save can easily make up the difference - and more.

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.

We'll remove the Time of Day meter and replace it with a standard meter. The extra monthly charge will be discontinued when the meter is exchanged.

How can I make Time of Day Pricing work for me?

You will save if you are able to use more electricity during off-peak hours in the evenings and on 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.
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