What Are Off-Peak Electricity Hours?
Off-peak electricity hours are specific time periods when the electricity demand is significantly lower (when compared to peak hours). These times are determined by the reduced overall energy consumption across sectors, including residential, commercial and industrial.
Off-peak hours occur during the late night and early morning when the general public and businesses are less active. Off-peak hours may also apply on weekends and public holidays.
Different regions in the UK have different off-peak hour timeframes, for example:
- Off-peak hours are between 00:30 – 07:30 in the East Midlands and Northern England
- Off-peak hours are usually between 23:30 – 07:30 in Scotland
This means that the business electricity supplier has less of a demand to supply energy and business electricity prices tend to be lower.
While it is true that off-peak rates are generally cheaper, it’s important to note that a cheaper deal for your business may not be the best option, as they do not automatically guarantee cost savings. The extent of savings depends on various factors such as business electricity consumption, habits and routines, and unit prices – but more on this in a moment.