Pay attention to peak times
Demand for electricity fluctuates throughout the day. The Ontario Energy Board sets the time-of-use (TOU) electricity prices per kilowatt hour for each demand period and consumers can plan their energy use around these periods to manage costs.
TOU pricing has three periods: on-peak, when the demand and cost of energy are high; mid-peak, when demand and cost are moderate; and off-peak, when demand and cost are low. Evenings are best, especially after 7 p.m. – that’s off-peak across Ontario, until 7 a.m. the next morning.
Plan your energy-intensive activities during low- or mid-peak times, if possible.
TOU holidays like Christmas Day and Boxing Day are full off-peak days – which means you can bake cookies, play video games or stream holiday classics all day long at off-peak rates.