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Time-of-Use Rates and Pre-Pay Power December 2020
Time-of-Use Rates and Pre-Pay Power
December 2020

Time-of-Use Rates

The Time-of-Use rate option offers a lower rate for electricity when demand on our system is low, balanced with a higher rate when demand on our system is high. It gives you the opportunity to save money by moving your energy consumption to times when demand on BEMC’s system is low. If your lifestyle allows you to shift a portion of your energy use from on-peak times to off-peak times, you could experience savings.

If you sign up for this plan the on-peak hours, or times to avoid using lots of electricity, are during the week from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the winter, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer. With Time-of-Use, you pay a lower rate than our standard rate all other times, and a much lower rate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. all year-round. This rate gives members the opportunity to reduce their bills and encourages the most efficient use of our system. By minimizing peak demand, we keep wholesale power costs as low as possible and all members benefit. 

To make the most of the Time-of-Use rate option, we recommend that you install a timer on your water heater, use a programmable thermostat, and avoid cooking, laundry and other high energy-use activities during on-peak hours.

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An application process, including a free consultation, is required to sign up for this rate. Customer Service Representatives can assist you during business hours at (800) 842-5871. 

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PrePay Power

PrePay Power, our pay-as-you-go payment system, offers a variety of advantages. Users become more energy aware, there’s no monthly bill or deposit, and you always know how much you’re spending on electricity. You pay for power in advance of when you need it. PrePay Power gives you control over your energy usage and provides flexibility, allowing you to choose when and how much to purchase.

There are multiple, easy ways to add money to your account any time of day or night; through the free SmartHub app, by calling the automated payment system, or at a Bill Payment Terminal.

You’ll also receive email alerts when your account balance reaches a certain level that you preset, through the free, easy to use SmartHub app, and a link to a payment portal for your convenience. You can check your current account status anytime and view, in a layout of your choosing, your energy consumption by hour, day, week, and month. You'll also receive high energy use email notifications to help you control your usage.

PrePay power gives you freedom from a monthly bill, the knowledge and control to become a smarter energy consumer, and the ability to know exactly how much you are spending on electricity in real time.

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To learn more and to sign up, call (800) 842-5871.

Download the Prepay brochure

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