During different times of the day, energy costs change depending on overall energy demand. This interaction between energy demand and its corresponding cost is reflected in time-of-use (TOU) pricing. Being aware of time-of-use pricing can help you conserve energy during peak use hours when electricity demand is the greatest, and the cost of energy is at its highest.

We partner with SDG&E to offer a variety of plans to our CEA customers. Learn more about your options and decide what plan is right for your household on SDG&E’s pricing plans webpage.

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You can find out if you are enrolled in a TOU rate structure (or pricing plan) on page 3 of your power bill under “Detail of Current Charges.” Rate type has been circled in our example bill below:

To change your electricity rate structure, you will need to contact our billing partner, SDG&E, and complete the following steps:

  1. Review Available Rate Plans: Visit the SDG&E website or contact their customer service team to learn about the available rate plans. Starting in 2019, TOU plans have been the default option.
  2. Contact SDG&E: Once you’ve decided on a new rate plan, it’s time to request a rate change. You can make the switch online through your account dashboard or by contacting their customer service team.
  3. Review Terms and Conditions: Make sure to review the terms and conditions of the new rate plan, including any potential fees or restrictions associated with switching plans.
  4. Monitor Your Usage: After switching rate plans, monitor your energy usage closely to ensure your new plan meets your needs and budget. Adjust your habits as needed to maximize savings under the new rate structure.
  5. Consider Time-of-Use Optimization: If you opt for a TOU plan, consider implementing energy-saving strategies during peak hours to minimize costs.

To change your rate structure, please go through our billing partner, SDG&E.

You can log into your SDG&E account for a full breakdown of different pricing plans. To log in, you will need the account number listed at the top of your power bill.

For questions and more information, contact our billing partner, SDG&E.

Keep time-of-use pricing in mind to save on your energy bill! Remember: peak energy demand and peak prices occur between 4 and 9 pm.

  • Participate in Clean Energy Alliance’s partnership with OhmConnect — this service lets you know when electricity is most expensive and rewards you for saving energy and money.
  • Shift energy-intensive tasks, such as laundry and dishwashing, to off-peak hours, typically before 4 pm or after 9 pm. This will lower your electricity bill and reduce strain on the grid.
  • Take advantage of natural light during the daytime and minimize the use of artificial lighting during peak hours.
  • Seal windows and doors to prevent heat loss or gain, reducing the need for heating or cooling during times of peak energy demand.