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.
Power Saver Rewards FAQ
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.