Peak Time Rebates

Looking for an easy way to save on your energy bill this season? Do less housework and play more games at peak times! Starting in November, 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.

Make a difference and save this winter

Peak Time Rebates rewards you for shifting your energy use away from 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. There’s no cost to join and it’s your choice how much and how long you participate in each event.

Get ready for the winter season that kicks off November 1, 2022 and runs through February 28, 2023.

How to earn rebates

Get answers to Peak Time Rebates questions

PTR Winter Sweepstakes (Terms & Conditions)

What are Peak Time Rebates?

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!

Here’s how it works (It’s easy!)

1. Get notified.

After you sign up, we'll send you a text or email the day before and the day of 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.

2. Shift use.

During an event, you can reduce your energy use with simple changes like waiting to wash dishes or doing laundry and adjusting your thermostat a few degrees if you have electric heat.

3. Earn rebates.

If you reduce your energy use during the Peak Time Event, you can earn a rebate on your next bill.

How are Peak Time Rebates calculated?

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. 

Every little bit counts

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.

Ready to get started? Sign up for Peak Time Rebates online or call 503-228-6322 or 800-542-8818 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. View Peak Time Rebates terms and conditions.

*Your actual savings will vary.

When are Peak Time Events called?

During the winter season, events can happen either in the morning (7 to 11 a.m.) or early evening (4 to 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. It's your preference on how you wish to receive event notifications.

Can Peak Time Rebates make a difference? You bet it does!

This past summer the Peak Time Rebates community shifted enough energy to power approximately 5,500 homes per event, while saving on their bills. This supports the use of more sustainable energy resources and continues to keep energy reliable.

Stay safe

During Peak Time Events, your health and safety should always come first. On extremely cold winter 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.

Easy ways to be successful this season

Make sure you’re ready when a Peak Time Event is called. Check out these tips and creative ways that the Peak Time Rebates community are shifting and reducing their energy use.

Savings tips

There’s more than one way to shift your energy

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.

Program details
There is no cost to you to enroll in Peak Time Rebates. Your electric bill will be calculated based on your energy use and may go up or down based on how much electricity you use.