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You can save as much as 15 percent per month on your electric bill by using
high-demand appliances during the times of day when there's low demand
Electricity is most expensive to produce during the hours of peak usage — times
on weekdays that generally correspond with business hours. When you select
a Time-of-Use option to use a greater amount of electricity during hours
when power is less costly to produce, we pass along the savings to you. You
don't have to reduce the amount of electricity you use. What's important is
the time of day you use it.
Time-of-Use can be as easy as doing a couple of loads of laundry in the evening
or on Saturday morning. It may be as simple as using timers to reduce electric heat
or air conditioning when you're at work and don't need it. In fact, Time-of-Use
savings hours are in effect 73 percent of the time, so a simple change or two in when you
use electric appliances can result in substantial savings.
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Compare the rates you currently pay with the following Time-of-Use rates:
Regular customer rate: $0.11277 per kWh
Note: Prices are available to MICHIGAN customers only.
There is a Time-of-Use electric savings option to meet your needs and lifestyle.
Choose one of the two convenient savings schedules listed below and you'll save
during those hours.
The following table shows the hours that lower Time-of-Use rates are in effect for
each option. Customers must choose the same option for both the summer and winter
Remember, Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays are around-the-clock savings days.
Holidays include New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial
Day (Day Observed), Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday
following Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
When you apply for Time-of-Use, a WPS representative will replace your
existing meter with a special meter that measures the electricity you use during
Time-of-Use savings hours and peak-usage hours.
We ask that new Time-of-Use customers commit to the program for a minimum of one
year. Customers who leave the Time-of-Use program are not eligible to reinstate
Time-of-Use for one year.
If less than 35 percent of your electricity use occurs during the hours when there's peak usage,
you'll save money with Time-of-Use. Your savings will continue to
grow as you increase the amount of electricity used during Time-of-Use savings hours,
instead of the more costly peak-usage hours.
Do you have an electric heating system? If so, you can achieve significant savings
under a Time-of-Use plan if you use either manual or automatic timing to limit operation
during peak-usage hours.
If you have an electric water heater, clothes dryer or range, limiting their use
during peak-use hours also will give your Time-of-Use savings a big boost.
Timers can make it easy to concentrate much of your electricity use during Time-of-Use
savings hours. For a modest price, you can purchase plug-in appliance timers at most
hardware, discount and home improvement outlet stores. Timers have the greatest impact
on electric bills when used to control dehumidifiers, second refrigerators, room air
conditioners and pool pumps during peak-usage hours.
You can sign up for Time-of-Use
or call us toll-free at 800-450-7260.