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.READ MORE: North Hills School District Students To Learn Online On Wednesday Due To Bus Driver Shortage
“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.
To lower your bill you simply move some activities out of the peak hours.READ MORE: McDonald's Workers Across Country To Walk Off Job On Tuesday After Sexual Assault Of 14-Year-Old Girl At Bethel Park Store
“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.MORE NEWS: Report: Pittsburgh Has A Lot Of Candy Stores But Not Many Trick-Or-Treaters
If you do get involved in the program and decide its not for you, you can opt out at any time.