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Our Rate Comparison tool offers optional Time-of-Use rates so you can have greater control of your costs by managing your household energy use. Choose from the commonly asked questions below for more information.
With Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plans, the price of electricity varies, depending on the time of day and the season. If you're able to adjust when and how much electricity you use, it may help lower your bill.
TOU rate prices are highest on weekdays June 1 through September 30 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. So, if you’re normally out of the house during workday hours, or if you can switch a few tasks (like charging your electric vehicle, doing laundry or running your pool pump) to the off-peak hours before 2 p.m. or after 8 p.m., the TOU-D rate plan may help you reduce your overall annual electricity costs.
Visit our Time-of-Use Residential Rate Plan page for details about how TOU rates work. You can also download our Residential Time-of-Use Fact Sheet to learn more about how TOU rates may help you save. TOU rate: (we can send customers the residential TOU page for more information) Time-Of- Use-Residential-Rate-PlansTime-Of- Use-Residential-Rate-Plans.
Your enrollment in CARE, FERA, and/or the Summer Discount Plan (SDP) is included in both rate calculations and will not be affected if you switch to a TOU rate. You will continue to receive the discount associated with the program(s) you are enrolled in.
All you need is your Service Account Number (it begins with a "3") and service ZIP code, located at the upper right corner of your bill.
We generate your rate comparison based on your historical energy usage, and use that data to recommend available rates that may benefit you. The rate comparison shows you potential savings you may receive by switching to a different rate.
There are a couple of reasons a rate comparison may not be available at this time. To create a rate comparison for you, we must have 12 months of your home's energy usage data. Our rate comparison tool will advance over time for current Time-of-Use and Net Energy Metering customers, so please check back again in the near future.
If you are currently registered for My Account, you have access to a number of tools and services, including a chart that tracks which tier you’re currently in (as of the previous day), and the tier you’re expected to fall into by the close of the current monthly billing period. The information provided in the chart is customized based on your specific electricity use and is updated daily. The chart also provides current tier pricing, and the amount of electricity allocated to each tier. This can be a valuable resource to help you better understand the rate structure and better manage your monthly bill.
To access the chart, log in to My Account, then select the “View Recent Usage” button, and then “How is this calculated?” which is located below your “Projected Next Bill” total.
If you don’t have My Account, register now at sce.com/myaccountsce.com/myaccount
If you switch from Schedule D to either Schedule TOU-D (Option A, B, 4-8PM, or 5-9PM) TOU-D-T, you are not required to remain on the rate for a specific length of time. But if you switch to another rate or option, you must stay with your new choice for 12 months.
If your recommended rate is TOU-D-A, a baseline credit of $0.10 per kWh is based on your monthly baseline kilowatt-hour electricity allowance. The baseline allowance is a set amount of kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity considered essential to meeting basic heating, lighting, and cooking needs. Your baseline credit is not reflected in the rate table shown but will be applied each month to your bill. Your baseline allowance will change by season, with summer months typically having a larger baseline allowance, thereby providing a greater baseline credit. For example, if your baseline allowance is 165 kWh, a credit of $16.50 would be applied to your monthly electric bill (165 kWh multiplied by $0.10 credit).
As a Residential Net Energy Metering customer, if your recommended rate is TOU-D-A, the calculation for the baseline credit is based on your monthly baseline kilowatt-hour electricity allowance and if you are a net consumer or net generator (for the month). Net Consumer - When you are a net consumer for the month (i.e., you consume more electricity from SCE than you export to the grid), a portion of your energy charges will be lowered through the baseline credit of $0.10 per kWh (up to the baseline allowance limit). Net Generator - When you are a net generator for the month (i.e., you export more electricity than you consume from SCE that month), the baseline credit will appear as a monthly charge of $0.10 per excess generated kWh (up to the baseline allowance limit). This is necessary to ensure that you receive the same rate for the exported kWh that you would have received if you had consumed that same kWh from SCE.
If you are enrolled in Critical Peak Pricing (CPP), your discounts are not factored into your Time-of-Use (TOU) calculations.