PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Electricity is the life blood of all our comforts and necessities, and as it rolls in, you can almost see dollar signs fly.

If you get a flyer in your mailbox from Duquesne Light, it’s not junk mail, it’s your invitation to Time-Of-Use.

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“It can potentially save money because they can shift their electric usage to off-peak hours and what that means is they can consume electricity at lower rates,” Jessica Rock with Duquesne Light said.

If you opt in to Time-Of-Use, right now only through Direct Energy or Washington Gas and Electric, come June, you’ll have two electric rates; one during non-peak hours and a rate about three cents higher during the peak hours.

“So it’s usually about noon to that 7 p.m. time frame,” Rock said.

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To lower your bill you simply move some activities out of the peak hours.

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“So you may want to think about running your dishwasher during off peak hours,” Rock said.

Turn your thermostat up a notch or two and wait until evening to wash your clothes.

The Public Utility Commission says you can help conserve electricity while saving a chunk of change.

“If you even just take at it’s surface three cents times a thousand kilowatt hours, which is in general what the average home would use, is 30 dollars a month,” said Nils Hagen-Frederiksen with Public Utility Commission.

Budget plan customers would have to come off the budget arrangement to take advantage of Time-Of-Use. If you’re on an assistance program or are carrying a balance you are not eligible. You have to have a new smart meter.

Come September, the plan switches to a 24-hour rate until next summer.

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If you do get involved in the program and decide its not for you, you can opt out at any time.