Smart Thermostat Program


How it works

Your thermostat will make small adjustments based on peak times. These typically occur on cold winter mornings and hot summer afternoons when demand for electricity is at its highest and the cost of it is high. Reducing energy use when demand is high helps keep wholesale power costs stable.

Your local cooperative will pre-cool or pre-heat your house, so you stay comfy while your HVAC system saves energy. Plus, you’re always in control. You can adjust your thermostat at any time.

Hold down power costs for all members and make a positive impact on the environment when you sign up to Beat the Peak.

*If a participant overrides 40-percent or fewer of the load control events during a 12-month period of connection, the member will be credited $100.00 the 1st year and $50.00 the 2nd year and each year going forward.

Save energy and get rewarded

Receive $50 now and $50* a year by enrolling your thermostat in the Smart Thermostat Program! Eligible thermostat brands include Amazon, ecobee, Emerson Sensi, and Honeywell.

Don’t have a smart thermostat?

York Electric’s Smart Thermostat Program offers members the opportunity to purchase an ecobee3 lite or ecobee SmartThermostat with Alexa Voice Control at a discounted rate.

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Smart Thermostat FAQ

Any YEC residential members who have a reliable WiFi internet connection in their home.

Whomever you choose. After the thermostat is installed and we verify the signal, YEC will reimburse you $75 towards your installation cost. You will also be required to provide your receipt.

When the cooperative purchases power, energy at those peak hours is more expensive. The more we can cut down on how much energy is used during those periods, the lower our power bill will be. We will use that savings to hold down costs for our members.

  1. You must be a member of York Electric;
  2. You must sign the participation agreement;
  3. You must have an internet-connected, Wi-Fi enabled home.

A smart thermostat is a programmable thermostat that connects to your home’s WiFi and gives you the ability to adjust your thermostat setting to fit your schedule and save energy.

About 5-6 times per month, the thermostat will be adjusted remotely based on system-wide peak periods.

The events will be 4 hours total, which includes a one-hour pre-cool/pre-heat period and three hours of peak-saving adjustment. The control will follow this pattern:

Pre-cooling/pre-heating: +/- 2 degrees
First hour: +/- 2 degrees
Second hour: +/- 3 degrees
Third hour: +/- 4 degrees


If you normally have your thermostat set to 75, a typical control event beginning at 3 p.m. would look like this:

3:00-4:00 p.m.: Thermostat adjusted to 73
4:00-5:00 p.m.: Thermostat adjusted to 77
5:00-6:00 p.m.: Thermostat adjusted to 78
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Thermostat adjusted to 79
After 7 p.m.: Thermostat returns to 75, control relinquished


If you normally have your thermostat set to 67, a typical control event beginning at 6 a.m. would look like this:

6:00-7:00 a.m.: Thermostat adjusted to 69
7:00-8:00 a.m.: Thermostat adjusted to 65
8:00-9:00 a.m.: Thermostat adjusted to 64
9:00-10:00 a.m.: Thermostat adjusted to 63
After 10 a.m.: Thermostat returns to 67, control relinquished

Members who purchase a smart thermostat will need to participate in at least 60 percent of peak events throughout the year to receive $100 after one year. If you continue to participate in 60 percent of peak events, you will also receive $50 yearly.

It’s easy to get started.

  1. Complete and sign the participation agreement (PDF download below) and bring it into our York headquarters or Fort Mill office to purchase the thermostat of your choice; see options below.
  2. Or apply online here

You’ll be notified of control during peak times on the device’s display with an option to override. You can override control up to 40 percent of the time. If you were to exceed 40 percent, a member is not eligible for participation credit per year.

An ecobee3 lite will be discounted to $85 for YEC members, and an ecobee SmartThermostat with Alexa Voice Control will be discounted to $145 for YEC members.

York Electric members can purchase the ecobee3 lite and/or the ecobee SmartThermostat with Alexa Voice Control. Both have digital touchscreen displays and both can be controlled and scheduled using a computer or device (phone or tablet).

The ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control has Amazon Alexa built-in. It is voice-activated and has many of the features that come with Amazon Echo devices. The ecobee also comes with an added room sensor to provide more effective cooling and heating.

If you already have a smart thermostat, please enroll it here.

York Electric’s smart thermostat program gives members the opportunity to purchase an ecobee smart thermostat at a discounted rate. Members can also bring their own eligible smart thermostats. By participating in the program, members will agree to allow the cooperative to control the thermostat during peak periods.