Looking to cut your electric bill this winter? Consider switching to DMEA’s time-of-use (TOU) rate. Under this special rate, members willing to move their electric use to off-peak hours can cut their bills, while helping to keep future rates low.
Shifting your energy use to times when demand is low helps maximize the efficiency of existing transmission and distribution infrastructure. As a rule of thumb, members using more than 750 kWh per month will likely save money.
TOU separates the day into on and off-peak time blocks. From October through April, these periods of high electric demand called on peak hours, fall between 6:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday. All other times, including all day Sunday, are considered off-peak. During on-peak hours, members are encouraged to postpone their energy-intensive tasks, such as washing clothes or running the dishwasher.
Unlike DMEA's standard residential and commercial rates that bill at a flat rate of $.1045 per kilowatt-hour. Energy used during on-peak times is billed at $.1630 per kWh, while energy consumed off-peak is billed at $.0655 per kWh. From May through September, members are billed at the standard residential rate.
TOU members are encouraged to install timers on appliances, water heaters, and heating equipment to achieve greater savings. Timers are available from your local electrician, electrical supplier, or hardware store.
This is DMEA with a courtesy reminder to our time of use members.
Our winter season Time of Use on-peak and off-peak will be in effect beginning September 25th, 2018 through October 6th, 2018, depending on your billing cycle. The on-peak rate will be [$0.1630/kWh] and off-peak will be [$0.0655/kWh], on-peak periods will run from 6:30am to 11:00am and 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Monday through Saturday (Sunday hours are all off-peak).
For more information on DMEA's time-of-use rate or to sign up, call 1-877-687-3632.