Last May at our 2013 Annual Meeting, Wendy Catledge gave some of her neighbors from Derby Downs a hot tip.
A member services representative for York Electric Cooperative, Wendy told Lynette Bell and Jan Winkel about Power Saver Rewards, a load management program YEC introduced in 2011. Now, load management—no, it’s not about laundry loads—isn’t exactly a great conversation starter, we know. So Wendy added, “It’s a Cash Back Program.”
As she explained, co-op members who sign up and are approved for Power Saver Rewards first receive a $20 bill credit after a YEC technician installs a load-control device at their home. They will also get a $5 monthly incentive during June, July, August and September. Members can add additional (non-window) AC units at $3 per unit per month June-September.
The device switches off the AC briefly, at times of YEC’s peak power use, helping the co-op reduce its wholesale power costs, which all members share.
Making a difference
Jan and Lynette are glad they signed up. “The air conditioning is off for such a short time that we didn’t notice a difference,” Jan says. Her husband, Dennis, adds, “There’s only one difference we saw—a little lower bill.”
Lynette is also cool with how the program works. She adds, “I love to save money! When I see that credit on my bill, it always makes me smile!”
Power Saver Rewards participants like Jan, Dennis and Lynette have done their fellow YEC members a big favor. The program does make a difference.
With about 2,500 residential members participating last summer, YEC saved an estimated $175,000 on wholesale power costs during the 2013 cooling season.
As Jan told Wendy, “We did a good job didn’t we?!”
Lynette graciously thanked YEC “for offering this beneficial program.” We say thank you, Power Saver Rewards participants, for helping us to help all members save money.Save the Date: We’ll give you the credit–for participating in your Cooperative’s Annual Meeting–a $15 electric bill credit! The Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 10th at York Electric’s main office in York. Each member who is present and registers will receive a $15 credit on their electric bill and have the opportunity to win valuable prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!
Expanding your savings
Now it’s your turn to help. We’ve expanded Power Saver Rewards as we’ve added necessary technology in YEC’s substations. By this spring, almost all substations will be ready. So we’re extending Power Saver Rewards to most residential members. Load control devices can be installed on HVAC systems and water heaters. Contact a YEC member services representative or see the Power Saver Rewards section for details.
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Power Saver Rewards FAQ (17)
Load Management uses a small control switch which cycles power to an appliance or motor. This switch is connected to your appliance. You voluntarily give YEC the permission of interrupting power for short periods of time in exchange for a monetary bill credit.
Everybody wins when electricity is used more efficiently. The member saves immediately with bill credits and helps control the future cost of power. York Electric saves kilowatt demand charges in its wholesale power bill payments. By reducing the electricity used during the top peak hours, York Electric can significantly reduce its electric bill which helps control future power costs to members.
The switch has an LED light display window on the front. A blinking green light shows the switch is powered up and the red light indicates the switch is operational, indicating the appliance that is participating in Power Saver Rewards program is being controlled. The switch cannot be overridden or bypassed from your home. If the switch needs to be deactivated for maintenance/service work please call us at 803-684-4248.
Residential members served by YEC in our test area. Rental properties require property owner’s signed consent to participate. YEC will control A/C and heat pumps. York Electric will not control window unit air conditioners.
A signal will be sent from the office on the day of operation to each switch. From the office console, York Electric has two-way communications capabilities to send and receive information from the switch. What this means is once we send the command to cycle off a switch, we will be able to see that the switch has received the command and has cycled off the appliance. At the end of our load management operation, we send a second command to the switches to release the appliance from load management, thus allowing the appliance to operate as usual.
No. The member rarely notices the switch has operated. The air conditioner compressor will be operating some during the activated period, and the circulating fan continues to operate during the entire period. The temperature in the home should not rise more than a couple of degrees (if any). The slight rise in temperature should not generate any discomfort. It will not be necessary to adjust your thermostat during the operational hours of our load management program. The switch will not affect the thermostat’s settings of your appliances.
Power Saver Rewards does not control window unit air conditioners, water heaters or pool pumps.
Our load management program will not reduce the direct cost of your monthly power bill. It does however, reduce the amount of kilowatts purchased during peak demand hours of usage, thus helping York Electric keep our rates down. You will also save money from the power bill credits you will be awarded.
It costs nothing to participate; the switch is installed free of charge and satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with the switch, the switch will be deactivated at no cost to you. Most members never notice the switch’s operation.
No. Once the switch is installed at your home, you will automatically continue in the program each year unless the program is discontinued or you request to have the switch deactivated.
You’ll save money through bill credits for participating. First, you will receive a one-time incentive bill credit of $20 for signing up, speaking with an installation technician, and having a Power Saver Rewards switch installed at your home. Once the switch is installed, you’ll receive $5 per summer month incentive for the time period during June, July, August, and September.
There is no installation cost, no maintenance cost, and no cost for deactivating the switch. By enrolling in YEC’s Power Saver Rewards program, you help reduce the need for future power generation. When you participate in load management, you also help us keep costs down by reducing the amount of electricity we have to purchase during our peak demand hours, which is a time when electricity is usually the most expensive.
York Electric personnel or a Cooperative-selected contractor will install management switches throughout our entire service area. York Electric guarantees 100% satisfaction to our members.
The installation should not take longer than an hour. If you are having more than one switch installed, the entire installation will take longer than an hour. Power Saver Rewards does not control window unit air conditioners, water heaters or pool pumps.
Call York Electric’s Member Services Department at 803-684-4248 for assistance.
We recommend that you set your thermostat to a higher temperature in the summer and a lower temperature in the winter if no one will be home for an extended period of time. This is not related to participating in the Power Saver Reward program but actively participating in the conservation of electricity.
Please let the new owner know about the switch and that you are participating in York Electric’s Power Saver Reward program. We will be glad to answer any question(s) the new owner may have about our program.
If I need service, maintenance or replacement of my central A/C unit or heat pump what should I do?
You will need to make the service technician aware that you are participating in the Power Saver Rewards load management program so that he does not inadvertently disconnect the switch. Ask the technician to call YEC’s Member Services Department at (803) 684-4248 for assistance. We will need to answer any question(s) he may have and possibly deactivate the switch during the work or replacement on the appliance. Power Saver Rewards does not control window unit air conditioners, water heaters or pool pumps.