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Sign up for YEC's Power Saver Rewards Cash Back Program

Load Management Program

YEC members are now able to sign-up for the Power Saver Rewards program.

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First they will receive, a $20 bill credit for signing up, meeting with an installation technician and having a Power Saver Rewards device installed on their home. Once the switch is installed they’ll receive $5 per summer month incentive for the time period during June, July, August and September. For even more savings, they can add additional air conditioning units ($3 per unit per month from June – September).

Power Saver Rewards does not control window unit air conditioners.

Here’s how it works

During times when many people need electricity at once, York Electric must meet that demand. At a certain point, additional – and more expensive – generation units are needed to supply the energy. This increases the price of electricity. Power Saver Rewards uses a device to briefly cycle the flow of power to central air conditioners during times of high demand for electricity. Typically the times of high demand are during the hours between 3 PM to 8 PM in the summer months and during the hours between 6 AM to 9 AM in the winter months.

By shifting the time some people use energy, York Electric can manage the demand for it and decrease the need to build new power plants. This also helps keep the cost of electricity stable – and that benefits everyone.

Signing up is easy. Complete the online sign-up form, call York Electric Cooperative at (803) 684-4248 – or download, fill out and mail the Member Agreement below.

 

Power Saver Rewards FAQ

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.

What is Load Management?

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.

Why does Load Management make sense?

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.

How will I know when the switch is activated? Is it possible to bypass the switch?

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 over ridden or bypassed from your home. If the switch needs to be deactivated for maintenance/service work please call us at 803-684-4248.

Who qualifies for Power Saver Rewards Load Management program?

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.

How does the switch work?

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.

Will I be inconvenienced?

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.

Does this program lower my monthly electric bill?

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.

What does it cost to participate in the Power Saver Rewards program?

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.

Will I need to sign up for the Power Saver Rewards program every year?

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.

How do I benefit from the Power Saver Rewards Load Management program?

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.

Who will install the switch?

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.

How long will the installation take? Will I need to be at home?

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.

Who do I call if I have questions or problems?

Call York Electric’s Member Services Department at 803-684-4248 for assistance.

What should I do when leaving for an extended period of time?

We recommend that you set your thermostat to a higher temperature in the summer and a lower temperature in the winter since no one will be home for the extended period of time. This is not as a result of participating in the Power Saver Reward program, but actively participating in the conservation of electricity.

What if I move or sell my home?

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.

How do I sign up to participate in the Power Saver Rewards load management program?

Complete the online sign-up form, call (803) 684-4248 or (803) 548-4244 to speak with a member services representative – or download, fill out and mail the Member Agreement.

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