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Time of use pricing

 

Customers with interval meters can choose to go on a time of use tariff with their retailer. This means your electricity use is charged at different prices during three different time periods – peak, shoulder and off peak. This type of pricing provides incentives for you to save money by shifting your usage out of peak periods to less expensive shoulder and off peak periods.

Prices are cheaper in off peak and shoulder periods, weekends and public holidays, and more expensive during peak periods.

Typical electricity usage

Typically households use almost 80% of their electricity in the shoulder and off peak periods. Remember that electricity use varies from household to household and from season to season, particularly when large appliances such as air conditioners, portable heaters, swimming pool pumps and clothes dryers are used.

Changes to Time of Use peak periods

From 1 July 2018 we are introducing seasonal peak periods, to reduce the number of months the peak periods apply. 

During Spring and Autumn there will be no peak periods, reflecting the reduced energy needs of our customers during this time and the decreased impact that has on the network. The shoulder period will be extended to this timeslot.

Time of Use definitions for Residential and Business Customers are displayed below.

Residential Customers - Seasonal Time of Use Definitions

Customer Type

Time of Use Period Definition

The peak period

  • From 2pm to 8 pm on working weekdays during 1 November and 31 March (inclusive) – the “summer months”; and
  • From 5pm to 9pm on working weekdays during 1 June to 31 August (inclusive) – the “winter months”.

The shoulder period

  • In simple terms, the shoulder period applies from 7am to 10pm every day, except where a peak period applies during that period.

Specifically, it applies:

  • from 7am to 10pm on all weekends and public holidays

on working weekdays in the summer months:

  • from 7am to 2pm; and from 8 pm to 10pm

on working weekdays in the winter months:

  • from 7am to 5pm; and from 9pm to 10pm
  • on working weekdays in spring and autumn, from 7am to 10pm.

The off-peak period

All other times, for example 10pm to 7am

Residential Customers Time of Use Graphic

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Business Customers - Seasonal Time of Use Definitions

Customer Type

Time of Use Period Definition

The peak period

  • From 2pm to 8 pm on working weekdays during 1 November and 31 March (inclusive) – the “summer months”
  • and 1 June to 31 August (inclusive) – the “winter months”

The shoulder period

On working weekdays in the summer and winter months from:

  • 7am to 2pm; and from 8pm to 10pm

In the spring and autumn months

  • from 7am to 10pm

The off-peak period

  • All other times

Business Customers Time of Use Graphic

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