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?
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.
When energy use is high, like on a really hot day or cold morning, you will have the option to reduce your energy use for 3 or 4 hours. When you reduce your energy use, you can earn a rebate on your next bill. Shifting your energy use allows us to rely on more renewable sources of energy, helps keep prices more affordable for the community and allows us to continue to provide reliable energy. 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. Smart thermostats can do this automatically.
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.
Want another great reason to enroll in Peak Time Rebates? This summer, we’ve partnered with the Portland Thorns for a prize drawing at the end of the Peak Time Rebates season. We’ve made it really easy. When you join Peak Time Rebates, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win one of three Portland Thorns prize packages
Grand Prize: Four Portland Thorns tickets, four Portland Thorns scarves and one signed Portland Thorns jersey
Second Prize: Two Portland Thorns tickets and two Portland Thorns scarves
Third Prize: A $75 Portland Thorns gift card
Onward Rose City!
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 keep that energy coming reliably for everyone.
*Your actual savings will vary.
Join our Smart Thermostat program 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.