The best time to set your Tesla off-peak charging start time depends on your utility company’s off-peak rates. In general, off-peak rates are lower during the night and on weekends, so you’ll want to set your charging start time to take advantage of these lower rates.
To find out your utility company’s off-peak rates, you can check their website or contact them directly. Once you know your off-peak rates, you can set your Tesla off-peak charging start time to the beginning of your off-peak period.
For example, if your off-peak rates start at 10pm and end at 6am, you could set your Tesla off-peak charging start time to 10pm. This way, your Tesla will start charging as soon as your off-peak rates go into effect, and it will stop charging before your off-peak rates end.
You can set your Tesla off-peak charging start time by following these steps:
- Open the Tesla app or touchscreen.
- Go to Controls > Charging.
- Tap on Scheduled Charging.
- Tap on Start Time.
- Select the time you want your Tesla to start charging.
- Tap on Set.
You can also set a scheduled departure time for your Tesla. This will tell your Tesla to be fully charged at your scheduled departure time. To set a scheduled departure time, follow the same steps above, but select Departure Time instead of Start Time.
If you have off-peak charging enabled, your Tesla will try to charge to your scheduled departure time, even if it means charging during peak hours. However, if your Tesla is unable to reach your scheduled departure time by charging during off-peak hours, it will start charging during peak hours to ensure that it is fully charged at your scheduled departure time.
By setting your Tesla off-peak charging start time, you can save money on your electricity bill and help to reduce the demand on the grid during peak hours.