Peak Time Rebates

Did you know you can save on your next energy bill by putting off housework? It’s true! Which begs the question: How did such an easy program get such a complicated name?  

Hard to say, easy to save

Despite the rumors, Peak Time Rebates doesn’t have anything to do with Mt. Hood, happy hours, or bait fishing. It’s a program that notifies you when energy demand is high and rewards you for shifting your energy use away from those peak times.

There’s no cost to join and it’s your choice when and how you participate.

How to earn rebates

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What are Peak Time Rebates?

When energy demand and prices are high, you will have the option to reduce your energy use during the 3 to 4 hour Peak Time Event. When you reduce your energy use, you can earn a rebate on your next bill. Shifting your energy away from peak times makes a difference. This helps us use more sustainable energy resources, lowering costs and providing you with reliable energy. 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 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 do 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 collect rewards with 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. Remember, it’s about shifting and reducing energy use during peak times, but your comfort and health should always come first.*

*You should always exercise discretion during Peak Time Events and consider health impacts when reducing energy use.

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 we plan to call two- to five-hour events during 7 to 11 a.m. or 3 to 8 p.m. Winter Peak Time Events can be scheduled in either morning or late afternoon. Summer Peak Time Events are typically scheduled late afternoon, during 3 to 8 p.m.

Participating in Peak Time Events is easy!

Make sure you’re ready when a Peak Time Event is announced. Check out these tips and creative ways that Peak Time Rebates participants 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.

Program details
Enrolling in Peak Time Rebates is free. Your electric bill will be calculated based on your energy use and may go up or down based on how much electricity you use.