Looking for an easy way to save on your energy bill this summer? Do less housework and play more games! Starting in June, when you get the whole family involved with Peak Time Rebates, you can save on your bill and help support Oregon’s clean energy future.
Peak Time Rebates is a program that notifies you when energy demand is high and rewards you for shifting your energy use away from those peak times. It’s easy for you and your family to be a part of Oregon’s clean energy future, plus you can get rebates on your bill.
The summer season runs from June 1 to September 30. There’s no cost to join and it’s your choice how much and how long you participate in each event.
When energy demand and prices are high, you will have the option to reduce your energy use during the Peak Time Event, which is typically 3 to 4 hours. When you reduce your energy use, you can earn a rebate on your next bill. Plus, shifting your energy away from peak times makes a difference for your Oregon neighbors. You’re supporting the use of more sustainable energy resources, keeping energy more reliable and helping keep costs lower for the whole community. It’s a win-win-WIN!
After you sign up, we'll send you a text or email the day before a Peak Time Event. We'll let you know when the event will start and stop, and provide savings tips you can use to lower your use.
During an event, you can reduce your energy use with simple changes like waiting to wash dishes or do laundry and adjusting your thermostat a few degrees if you have electric heat.
If you reduce your energy use during the Peak Time Event, you can collect rewards with a rebate on your next bill.
Your energy use “baseline” is calculated from your average use over the past 10 days for the same hours of the day as the Peak Time Event. This excludes weekends, holidays and any other past Peak Time Event days. You can earn $1 for every kilowatt hour (kWh) you reduce below that baseline during the Peak Time Event.
While we can’t guarantee savings, customers who participated in our pilot program earned an average of $2 to $3 per event*. At up to 10 events per season, the savings can really add up! And, when we work together, it helps us provide reliable energy for everyone.
*Your actual savings will vary.
During the summer season, we plan to call events between 4 and 8 p.m. Each event usually lasts two to five hours. When you join Peak Time Rebates you’re always notified by email and/or text before each event.
During Peak Time Events, your health and safety should always come first. On extremely hot days, please be sure to keep the temperature in your home safe by exercising discretion during Peak Time Events. Consider health impacts when reducing energy use.
Learn more about staying safe when the weather heats up.
Make sure you’re ready when a Peak Time Event is called. Check out these tips and creative ways that Peak Time Rebates participants are shifting and reducing their energy use.
Plus, for being enrolled in Peak Time Rebates this summer, you'll have a chance to win one of 10 $25 gift cards to a local business. And at the end of summer, if you earn a rebate, you'll have a chance to win one of five $200 gift cards. (Learn more about the summer sweepstakes.)
Have a smart thermostat? Consider joining our Smart Thermostat program instead to make shifting your energy use even easier. Your smart thermostat can automatically pre-heat or pre-cool your home before peak times, so you may not even notice a difference. Both Peak Time Rebates and the Smart Thermostat program reward you for shifting energy during a Peak Time Event, so you can only be enrolled in one.