Sandbox Solar wants to remind you that Fort Collins Time-of-Day pricing switched again. Peak hours are now back to non-summer hours: from 5 to 9 pm on weekdays. It will cost you 70% less to use energy during non-peak hours compared to peak hours. In this blog, we will explain how Fort Collins TOD pricing can affect your electric bill and how you can save with solar:

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Fort Collins Time-of-Day Pricing Peak Hours

In the summer months, peak hours are from 2 to 7 pm, and in the non-summer months, peak hours are 5 to 9 pm. Until April, the Fort Collins Time-of-Day pricing will be back to non-summer peak hours. The electricity you use during peak hours is much more costly, and it encourages you to avoid utilizing major appliances during peak hours. 

With TOD, you pay for your electricity based on the time of day, day of the week, and season. Peak hours cost 21.95¢/kWh, whereas off-peak hours will cost you 7.10¢/kWh.

For many homeowners in Fort Collins, TOD pricing can be very expensive. That’s where we come in! You can avoid the extra cost of electricity during peak hours by investing in solar. 

Tips to Avoid TOD Pricing

Things you should avoid using during peak hours include dryers, ovens, space heaters, water heaters, dishwashers, and microwaves. These appliances use the most electricity in your home. Find out what it costs to run electronics and common household appliances here

It helps to plan your energy use for times when you’ll be paying less! If you need some help, check out our free home energy guide to learn how to reduce your monthly energy payments.

Here are a few tips to avoid TOD pricing: 

  • Save about 50¢ per load by drying your laundry during off-peak hours. If you can, line-dry your clothing whenever possible to save more money. 
  • Run your dishwasher in the morning, after 9 pm, or on weekends to avoid peak hours. 
  • Incorporate stove-free dinners into your week when you can! Use slow cookers, a grill, or add in a few cold meals. 
  • Manage the shades in your home to maximize sun coming in and help your home feel warmer throughout the day.

One of the best ways to save money on utility costs in the City of Fort Collins is by installing a solar system on your home. Solar panels can generate the energy needed to power your home instead of drawing power from the grid. With solar panels, you will feel free to use your appliances regardless of the time of day. Plus, Fort Collins Time-of-Day costs will be increasing again in 2021, so now is the perfect time to invest in solar for your home!

Want to avoid an increase in your electricity costs due to Fort Collins Time-of-Day pricing? Let’s chat! Electricity costs are going to continue to increase over time. We have helped many Fort Collins residents eliminate their electricity bills by generating their own power, and we would love to help you, too! Contact Sandbox Solar today for a free quote or to learn more about solar and Fort Collins Time-of-Day pricing.