Avoid rush hour on the electricity highway

The electricity network is much like a highway, there are peak times when more people are using it, like in the morning and early evening when demand is at its highest level. But you can avoid rush hour by making better use of times when there is more renewable energy on the network between 10am and 3pm.

New technologies are generating renewable electricity in the middle of day, between 10am and 3pm, instead of when most households typically use their electricity, which is between 5pm – 8pm.

We’re asking for your help.

If everyone shifts a little of their electricity use to between 10am and 3pm, we can soak up some of that excess renewable electricity.

Tips for shifting electricity use

You can access renewable energy by implementing some simple tips and tricks around the home. Between 10am and 3pm, we suggest:

  • Run your dishwasher
  • Do your clothes washing
  • Use your clothes dryer
  • Set your pool filter to run
  • Consider using a slow cooker during the day instead of using your oven at dinner time
  • If your house is well insulated, run your air-conditioner or heater on a reduced setting over the middle of the day to stop the house getting too hot or cold – you won’t need to use as much electricity to get it comfortable when you return home
  • Charge your electric vehicle

Remember – don’t ever put your health at risk to reduce your electricity bill.

We’re constantly looking at new innovations for the network and how it can work for future generations. Part of this includes looking at different tariffs and undertaking tariff trials to ensure the pricing of electricity better reflects the costs for us to provide it.

If we all work together, we can continue to help shape the way you’re charged in the future.

Electricity pricing and network tariffs

What are tariffs and how can changing them improve fairness? Read on to find out how tariffs can be used to better reflect how our network is utilised 

Tariff trials

After extensive consultation with customers and stakeholders, we are undergoing tariff trials to better understand how tariffs can help shift electricity use to different times of the day. We have partnered with some retailers to trial new network prices for customers. Read on to find out more about tariff trials