Westar Energy is seeking 1,000 customers to participate in a Time of Use Rate pilot project.
Time-of-Use Rate Tariff
Standard Residential Rates
Call us at 800-383-1183 to sign up for the Time-of-Use Rate.
Demand for electricity varies throughout the day. It is lowest in the middle of the night when most people are sleeping and commercial/industrial customers are not in operation, and it is highest from about noon to 9:00 PM when businesses are operating and everyone is working, cooking, watching TV, running the dishwasher, etc.
TOU rates offer a more accurate reflection of actual electricity prices to create incentive for people to use less electricity when demand (cost to generate) is highest and more electricity when demand (cost to generate) is lowest.
Electricity must be produced exactly as people need it, and Westar must generate enough power to meet demand at all times. This means that some plants only operate on a handful of days when electricity use is greatest. By encouraging customers to shift energy use to other times of the day, existing plants can operate more efficiently, and the need for Westar to build new power plants to meet peak demand may be delayed.
No, you do not. Advanced digital meter customers do have the added benefit of viewing their usage as it's used with the online energy dashboard and electronic alert messaging.
There are several ways to shift energy usage, and they depend on individual factors, such as how many people live in your household, how you heat/cool your home, how hot water is generated, how much energy you use to begin with, and individual energy usage patterns.
Examples of opportunities to shift electric usage include:
It depends on your total usage each billing period and when usage occurs. Some customers may see a slight increase in summer electric bills under the TOU, but the savings gained during the months of October through May will help to lower annual electric costs.
Being on the TOU rate may require you to make adjustments in your daily routine. If you don't change your energy usage patterns, you could pay more on this rate.
If adding an electric vehicle significantly changes your home electricity use, you may be able to save money by choosing the TOU rate plan. As a guide, if you drive your EV 1,000 miles/month, you would use about 250 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month for your vehicle. The amount you pay to charge an electric vehicle on the TOU rate will depend on the percentage of your overall kilowatt-hours consumed during peak, intermediate and off-peak periods. If you use fewer than 900 kilowatt hours per month and cannot commit to charging your electric vehicle during off-peak periods, the standard rate may be better.
Save your TOU electric statements (available online) and track whether your off-peak electricity usage changes over time. If you find that you're using more kilowatt-hours during the off-peak and mid-peak (low demand, low cost) times of the day, then you're being a savvy consumer.
If you move, you will establish a new account with Westar. You will have the option of signing up for the standard residential rate or the TOU rate.
The Kansas Corporation Commission will make a determination whether or not to continue the TOU rate as it exists or modify it.