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Time of use tariffs

Time of use tariffs are the future of electricity provision. They are designed to encourage more energy use at off-peak times in order to balance nationwide demand. By design, these tariffs offer cheaper rates at certain times of the day or night, usually when demand is at its lowest. Then charge a higher rate when national demand is higher.

The benefits are two fold; national demand is managed and spread throughout the day better and customers can lower their bills by shifting their usage away from peak times.

Time of use tariffs require Smart Meters. But this combination present the perfect use case and future state of operation for energy supply and demand.

Octopus Energy are the main supplier in the UK that are rolling out Time of Use tariffs.

Currently they have two main offerings; Agile and Go, which are detailed below.

Octopus Agile Tariff

Agile works by tracking daily wholesale energy prices and providing the next days pricing by 5pm the day before. So you can plan your usage accordingly.

The tariff is perfect for electric vehicles, immersion/storage heaters, solar PV owners or anyone who can shift their electricity use outside of the 4pm – 7pm peak.

Read more about Agile via the Octopus Energy website.

On this site we have detailed current and historical Agile pricing data for every region of the UK.

Eastern England / Southern England / East Midlands / South Eastern England / London / Southern Wales / Merseyside & Northern Wales / South Western England / West Midlands / Yorkshire / North Eastern England / Southern Scotland / North Western England / Northern Scotland

See our Octopus Agile Tariff page on this website for more details.

Octopus Go Tariff

Octopus Go is an electricity tariff with a cheap 5p / kWh rate for four hours every night (between 00:30 and 4.30 am) and a competitive flat rate for the other 20 hours of the day.

The tariff is perfect for Electric Vehicle (EV) owners, those with Solar PV batteries, immersion / storage heaters or anyone that can run high usage appliances overnight.

You can find out more information about the Go tariff via the Octopus Energy website.

See our Octopus Go Tariff page on this website for more graphs and details.

Tariff Comparison: Go versus Agile

On this part of the website we compare and contrast the pricing of the Go and Agile tariffs.

We hope this will allow you to find the correct time of use tariff to suit your individual needs.

You can find full pricing for all 14 UK geographical areas via our dedicated Octopus Go versus Agile page.

Octopus Outgoing – Get paid for your energy

Export tariffs are where you get paid by an energy company for the excess energy you generate (Solar PV / Wind etc).

Get the full lowdown on our dedicated Octopus Agile Outgoing page.