Time-Based Control

If your electricity prices vary during the day, you are likely on a Time of Use plan. Time of Use plans are utility rate structures where electricity prices vary depending on time of day, the day itself, and the season.

Utilities usually break the plan into three sections:

  • Peak: High demand hours with most expensive prices.
  • Off-Peak: Low demand hours with least expensive prices. 
  • Shoulder: All other times.   

Time-Based Control (also referred to as Load Shifting) will help you to maximize savings by smartly charging and discharging.

Energy Forecast

Powerwall continuously runs an energy forecast, learning the patterns of your energy use and seasonal solar production.

This energy forecast allows your Powerwall to optimize your energy usage.  If the forecast shows that you are likely to use energy at a high-cost time, Powerwall prioritizes charging during low-cost times and discharging during high-cost periods.

This smart forecast is why Time-Based Control does not show within the first 24 hours after you download the Tesla app. Time is needed to learn about your energy usage.  

There are two different versions of Time-Based Control mode; Balanced and Cost-Savings:  

  Balanced (only available with solar) Cost-Savings
Goal To balance sustainability and cost savings. Reduce your peak usage while maintaining a high Self-Powered score.
To maximize savings. Your Self-Powered score may be lower.
Behavior

Powerwall will charge from excess solar during off-peak and shoulder (if required).

Powerwall will discharge during all periods, minimizing exports during shoulder and off-peak.

Powerwall will charge from excess solar during off-peak and shoulder (if required).

Powerwall will discharge during peak and discharge in other periods to ‘make room’ for solar based on energy forecast.

Versions Required 
Tesla app Version 3.3.1 or higher and Gateway Firmware 1.14 or higher
Tesla app Version 3.3.1 or higher and Gateway Firmware 1.14 or higher 


Setting Up Time-Based Control   

To use this mode, first obtain your specific plan, which can usually be found on your electric utility website. Go to ‘Customize’ in the Tesla app and select ‘Time Based Control’. From here select ‘Edit Price Schedule’ and input the times of day that are considered peak, shoulder and off-peak, by sliding the scale to adjust the hours. Blue represents off-peak and orange represents peak. If your schedule is different on weekends and weekdays, make sure to do this in both the ‘Week’ and ‘Weekend’ tab.

Performance

To review the performance of Time-based Control, go to the Performance page of the Tesla app. Select the Day/Week/Month view and the Peak time period to see how much energy import was avoided during that time.