As a residential customer, you have two different rate options: the Standard Residential Rate and the Time-of-Use Residential Rate.
To view actual rate costs for each rate, go to Schedule R-1 – Residential Service.
Standard Residential Rate (R-1A)
The standard residential electric rate is based on the following criteria:
- Location: Zone 1 or Zone 2 (Map) (Zip Code Table)
- Season: High season (June – September) or Low season (October – May)
- Consumption: Amount of electricity used in each tier
If your billing read dates cross over from low season to high season, or from high to low, your tiers and costs will be prorated based on the number of billing days in each season.
What are tiers?
Your electric costs are made up of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 charges that appear on your bill. During the summer high-demand months, this three tier system is used as an incentive for residential customers to conserve energy. Tier 1 is the amount of power needed for services such as basic lighting, heating, and refrigeration. Beyond Tier 1 are two more tiers, each with a slightly higher rate. So the more energy you use, the more you will pay. During the winter months, when demand is lower, Tiers 2 and 3 are billed at the same rate.
Hotter temperatures cause refrigerators and other electrical appliances to work harder and use more energy. Based on that and recommendations from the California Energy Commission, the LADWP has divided Los Angeles into two temperature zones to ensure basic energy use for our customers. People who live in the hotter parts of the city, Zone 2, are allowed a little more energy in Tier 1 than people who live in the cooler areas of Zone 1.
The amounts of kilowatt hours (kWh) in each tier are based on a 30 day billing cycle.
Zone 1 Zone 2 Tier 1 First 350 kWh First 500 kWh Tier 2 Next 700 kWh Next 1,000 kWh Tier 3 Above 1,050 kWh Above 1,500 kWh