Electricity bill in Sacramento is going up during the summer as SMUD raises rates.
Sacramento County residents could be seeing higher electricity bills this summer depending on the time of day. Starting June 1, customers are billed around 14 cents more per kilowatt hour for using electricity between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday as part of SMUD’s “Time-of-Day Rate,” according to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District website. Customers who are using electricity in their homes from noon to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday will be charged about 18 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to nearly 32 cents per kilowatt hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SMUD customers can save the most money when they use their electricity midnight to noon Monday through Friday as well as all hours throughout the weekend. According to SMUD, changing the time electricity used could “save you on your bill and reduce the impact on our environment.” Saving energy will help deter the need of building power plants and buying energy that’s not environmentally friendly.
All residential customers are eligible for SMUD’s “Time-of-Day Rate”, except those who don’t have a smart meter or who live in a “residential master metered community,” according to the website.