Peak Times

Things are changing around here. Soon our hydro will be billed based on time-of-use rates with new “smart metres”. And thus begins the maddening job of shuffling my daily routine to get things done during the cheapest hours to save a couple bucks. There are two time-of-use schedules; one for the winter and one for the summer. Both tell you it’s cheapest to do things between the hours of 7pm and 7am (duh, when everyone is sleeping), and then the middle of the day alternates as the most expensive time between winter and summer (I’m assuming because of a/c usage during the hottest part of the day). However they figured it out, I’m not impressed. Some things can wait till after 7pm, like running the dishwasher. We normally turn it on when we go to bed because we bought a cheap one, and it’s super loud! However, I am not waiting till 7pm to do laundry. I always do the laundry first thing in the morning, but that will have to stop since the peak times for the winter are from 7am-11am and again from 5pm-7pm. Laundry time is now an afternoon activity I guess, at least till April when they change it again…

I really shouldn’t be complaining about this, it gives me a concrete timeline to follow. This will hopefully save us some money, and it’s better for the environment too.


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