When you think about it, it makes sense. During the day and early evening businesses are running at full-steam, computers and tools are on, schools are open and we are busy using our household appliances. These key times can put some strain on the energy network and therefore the wholesale energy prices (yep, even Origin buys from a wholesaler) are higher to try to keep the levels of demand in check.
Off-peak energy times are those times of the day or night that most people aren’t using as much power and you can get your energy at a reduced rate. You can find more information on tariff times here.
It’s unlikely you’ll want to bake a cake late at night or have all of the lights in the house on but there are some really simple and easy things you can do to make the most of your off-peak energy rates. Here’s our favourite ways:
1. Charging Devices
Phones, tablets, laptops and now even cars, everything is becoming rechargable. Aiming to juice up your rechargable devices in off-peak periods is a really simple way to save.
Avoid putting the dishwasher on in the morning or straight after dinner. Instead (if it’s a quiet one) pop it on just before you go to bed.
3. Washing and Drying
If you can, put a load of washing on before you go to bed. Sure, you might have some hanging or folding to do in the morning but over the long run it could save you a good chunk of money.
4. Pool Pump
As long as it meets any local noise guidelines, running your pool pump in off-peak periods is a really great way to save on energy.
If you’ve got an electric system aim to shower just before bed.
Lots of appliances now come with inbuilt timers. Where you can, set the appliances to run during off-peak times.