Peak electricity demands occur on hot summer afternoons when air conditioners are working hard to keep homes and businesses cool. This increased demand is a challenge for power companies and can result in higher operating costs for the power company and higher bills for the customer.

Thus, power companies are eager to cut peak demand: so eager that they will pay you to use less power during critical times in order to match the amount of electricity demand and supply. The following table summarizes the direct load control programs offered by power companies across the US– in exchange for allowing them to turn down electricity-consuming residential appliances like air conditioners and water heaters during periods of extreme peak demand, you will receive rebates and other financial incentives.

See also our blog for more information on these programs, and click on your power company's program name to see the details.

State Power Company Program Name Program Description Program Reward Eligibility and Requirements
AR Entergy SummerAdvantage The Summer Advantage Program pays you to help Entergy Arkansas reduce their peak electricity demand. The Summer Advantage Program helps reduce peak demand by installing a Direct Cycling Unit (DCU) on your home's biggest user of electricity, the air conditioner. During periods of increased demand, Entergy can activate the DCU causing the air conditioner compressor to run less than before. 50% cycling: $25/year + $25 signup bonus; 75% cycling: $40/year + $40 signup bonus Any Entergy Arkansas, Inc. residential customer (renter or owner) who has a central air conditioner or heat pump is eligible for the Summer Advantage Program.
CA San Diego Gas & Electric Summer Saver SDG&E installs a Summer Saver device on your central air conditioning unit at no cost. On select summer days, when electricity is at its peak, SDG&E activates the Summer Saver device to cycle your central air conditioner "on and off" for a few hours. Summer Saver is only used May through October. It may be used as little as one or two days, but will never be used more than 15 days. 50% cycling, up to $46 annual bill credit (for 4 ton A/C unit)- air conditioning run-time is reduced by 50 percent of the hour previous to the conservation period.; 100% cycling: up to $152 annual bill credit(for 4 ton A/C unit) - air conditioning is turned off for the duration of the conservation period. The Summer Saver device is a small, wireless box mounted near your central air conditioning unit. It operates with central air conditioning systems and is not designed for room A/C units or small space units.
CA Southern California Edison Summer Discount Plan When you participate in the Summer Discount Plan, you save by voluntarily allowing SCE to shut down your A/C for up to 6 hours a day during Òenergy eventsÓ we may call during periods of  high electricity demand, or emergencies. Maximum Savings: Cycling: A/C may be shut off for up to 6 hours a day: Standard option, up to $200 (4.5 ton A/C unit); Override option, up to$100 (4.5 ton A/C unit). Maximum Comfort
Cycling: A/C may be shut off for 15 minutes each half hour for up to 6 hours a day:Standard option, up to $100 (4.5 ton A/C unit); Override option, up to$50 (4.5 ton A/C unit).
To be eligible to participate in the Summer Discount Plan, your central A/C system must be in good working order throughout your participation on the program. If you are a tenant, you are responsible for determining whether your property owner or managerÕs approval is required for the installation and operation of the cycling device. Southern California Edison supplies and installs a device on your home or central-A/C unit to remotely shut it off during energy events.
CA Southern California Edison Save Power Days All customers are automatically enrolled. To calculate your earned bill credits, SCE takes your average usage from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. during your 3 highest usage weekdays out of the last 5 (excluding holidays and any recent Save Power Days). SCE then compare that average to your electricity usage during the Save Power Day. If the Save Power Day usage is lower, you’ll earn a bill credit of $0.75 per kilowatt hour reduced. SCE will send routine notifications based on the selected frequency and method of delivery. Notifications can be delivered through only one of the three methods offered.
CO Xcel Saver's Switch Hot summer days in Colorado mean increased air conditioning use, which pushes demand for electricity to a peak. By participating in Saver's Switch, you'll help us manage these peaks by cutting back just a little on the time your central air works to cool your home. On hot summer days – 10 to 15 days at most each year – Xcel Energy may activate SaverÕs Switch. The switch cycles your air conditioner off and on generally at 15- to 20-minute intervals. However, the furnace fan stays on, circulating already-cooled air throughout your home. $40/year credit You must be an Xcel Energy residential electric customer with central air conditioning in the state of Colordo. Customers who live in apartments or condominiums are not eligible unless they have owner approval and an A/C dedicated to their apartment located outside on the ground level near the building. Xcel Energy does not install SaverÕs Switch on rooftop A/Cs, window, or wall units for any dwelling. Your homeÕs disconnect box or breaker box must be within 50 feet or visual site of the air conditioning unit in order to install the Saver's Switch.
DC PEPCO Energy Wise Rewards Pepco will install a web-programmable thermostat or outdoor switch at your home and cycle it during peak-use times in exchange for bill credits. The thermostat signals the beginning and end of conservation periods. 50% cycling: $30/year + $30 initial signup bonus; 75% cycling: $45/year + $45 initial signup bonus; 100% cycling: $60 + $60 initial signup bonus Indoor programmable thermostat or outdoor switch
DE Delmarva Power & Light Energy Wise Rewards Pepco will install a web-programmable thermostat or outdoor switch at your home and cycle it during peak-use times in exchange for bill credits. The thermostat signals the beginning and end of conservation periods. 50% cycling: $40/year + $40 initial signup bonus; 75% cycling: $60/year + $60 initial signup bonus; 100% cycling: $80 + $80 initial signup bonus Indoor programmable thermostat or outdoor switch
FL Florida Power & Light On Call¨ Savings Program You allow FP&L to cycle off select equipment for brief periods of time in exchange for a monthly credit. This usually happens just 3-4 times a year - when it's absolutely necessary. F&L typically do not activate this program during nights, weekends or holidays. It is normally implemented in early to late afternoons during the summer. Up to $137/year Energy control devices are installed on Central air conditioning; Electric water heater; Central heating; Pool pump for in-ground pools
FL Progress Energy (Duke) EnergyWise Home If a period of high energy demand occurs, communication can be sent to enrolled equipment (only) anywhere in the community to cycle power off and on and temporarily reduce energy use. The system normally calls first upon water heaters, then pool pumps, which is usually sufficient to ease demand. These cycles occur only during limited times Up to $147/year (Water heater, up to $3.50/mo; Pool pump, up to $2.50/mo; A/C, up to $5/mo April-Oct; Heater up to $8/mo Nov-Mar) Energy control devices are installed on Central air conditioning; Electric water heater; Central heating; Pool pump for in-ground pools
GA Georgia Power PowerCredit Air conditioners cycle, meaning that they run for a certain amount of time (on), and then shut down (off). This on-off "cycling" is what maintains the temperature at a certain level. Our switch, when active, will shorten the (on) time. For example, if your air conditioner normally cycles 15 minutes in the "on" part of the cycle, the switch will allow it to operate for 5 minutes. This will only take place for a few hours in the day and will only be used a few days a year during the summer. The switch will only be activated during the weekday hours between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the summer months of May through September. The switch will not be activated on any summer weekday that is a holiday. The activation period can be 2 to 4 hours (most likely will be 3 hours) with an expected number of activation events in a typical year to be 10. $20 credit upon equipment installation; $2 for each activation A switch is installed on the outside of your home that is connected to your air conditioner.
IA MidAmerican SummerSaver MidAmerican Energy installs a small cycling device on the siding or your home near the central air conditioning unit. From June 1 to Sept. 30, the device will, on peak usage days, govern the degree to which your air conditioning operates. When cycling is necessary, air conditioners are cycled between approximately 2 and 7 p.m., but never on weekends or holidays. $40 at end of first year; $30 at end of following years Single-family owner-occupied homes in South Dakota with a central air conditioning unit or air-source heat pump may be eligible. Small cycling unit on or near outdoor A/C unit
IA Alliant Energy Appliance Cycling If the demand for electricity escalates to a critical point, a "system emergency" or "peak alert" is announced, and Alliant willl turn on the radio signal that activates the switch on your air conditioner. The receiver will be activated to cycle the outdoor cooling unit according to the program option you elected. Central air conditioners will be cycled every 15 minutes on and off in Iowa and Minnesota. $32/year; Additional $2/month if water heater is included in program You must own your home, have a central air conditioner and receive retail electric service from Alliant Energy. Installation is only allowed at your primary residence.
Participation is limited — control receivers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. A small, radio-activated control switchis installed on or near your outdoor central air conditioner at no cost to you.
IL MidAmerican SummerSaver The switch will cycle your air conditioner, while the furnace fan continues to circulate the cooler, drier air already in your home. You'll stay cool and comfortable, your electric bill stays low and the environment can breathe a little easier. $40 at end of first year; $30 at end of following years Single-family owner-occupied homes in South Dakota with a central air conditioning unit or air-source heat pump may be eligible. A small cycling unitis installed on or near outdoor A/C unit
IL Commonwealth Edison AC Cycling Reduce electricity demand on the hottest days of the summer by joining ComEd's Smart Ideas¨ Central Air Conditioning Cycling. The switch allows us to turn your compressor off and on, so it uses less power safely on the hottest days of the summer. Your fan still stays on to circulate already cooled air and to keep your home comfortable. Cycling is only done when needed, and it may occur only on weekdays (excluding holidays) and for limited periods of time from 11am to 8pm. 50% option: $5/month Jun-Sept Maximum of 15 minutes every half hour (if needed). 100%: $10/month Jun-Sept Up to one continuous 3-hour period
during any weekday (if needed).
If you own your home and have central air conditioning, you can enroll in ComEd's Central Air Conditioning Cycling. A wireless signal is sent to a switch that is installed on the side of your home or directly on the air conditioner's compressor panel.
IN Indianapolis Power & Light Company CoolCents This device allows IPL to safely cycle your air conditioner on and off for brief periods during hours of peak electricity usage. Your air conditioner will typically not be cycled on weekends, holidays or after 6 p.m. on weekdays. The fan on your air conditioner will continue to operate. In fact, you may not even be aware that your air conditioner is being cycled because your house should remain comfortably cool. If you have an upcoming occasion when you want to ensure that your air conditioner will not be cycled, we will work with you to arrange that. $5/month for May-Sept To be eligible, you must have a central air conditioning or a heat pump and own and live in a single family residence, OR live in a separately metered residence and have your landlord's consent. A small device is installed on the outside of your home near your central air conditioner. This device allows IPL to safely cycle your air conditioner on and off for brief periods during hours of peak electricity usage.
IN NIPSCO Air Conditioner Cycling Program Your AC will be safely cycled for brief intervals during times of peak demand (no more than 6 hours) typically between 12 and 7 p.m. Cycling will not occur on weekends. Your fan stays on to circulate already cooled air to keep your home comfortable. If you would like to stop the cycling of your central air conditioner or heat pump on a particular date, please call the NIPSCO AC Cycling Program at 888-446-8403 and someone will be able to answer your questions and remove you from a particular cycling event. Participants in the program can Òopt outÓ once every month. 0 Be a NIPSCO Electric Customer. Have a functional air conditioning unit sized at 5 tons or less. Own a single family home. (If you do not own your home, but live in a separately metered single-family residence with central AC, you can participate with your landlordÕs consent.). After enrollment, a smart switch will be installed near your air conditioner on the outside of your home.
IN Vectren Summer Cycler The Summer Cycler program is a voluntary energy management program that briefly cycles select appliances in your home during periods of peak electricity demand. Then, during times of peak load and if needed, the device(s) will be activated to briefly cycle off these appliances to conserve energy. The device works just like a home thermostat, so there is no danger of damage to the appliance(s). The cycling off period typically only occurs for a few minutes at a time during several hours of a day on days of peak electric demand, which usually occurs between noon and 5 p.m. Air Conditioning: $5/month for May-Sep; Water Heater: $2/month for May-Sep A small device is installed on the outside of your home near your central air conditioner. This device allows IPL to safely cycle your air conditioner on and off for brief periods during hours of peak electricity usage.
IN Duke Energy Indiana Power Manager Power Manager is a voluntary program that pays you for reducing your air conditioning use during times of high demand for electricity. Cycling events will most likely occur during the following time periods: May through September; Monday through Friday; Mid-morning to early evening.
Depending upon the option you choose, your air conditioner is cycled off and then back on approximately one time each half hour, for the length of the cycling event. Cycling events will not normally exceed a four to six hour time frame and will not occur on weekends or holidays (except in a system emergency). To help keep you comfortable, the indoor fan continues to run to circulate air throughout your home.
Option A: One-time installation credit of $25 + credits for each cycling event that occurs (minimum of $5/month for May-Sep). The credit amount for each event is based on the price of electricity at the time we cycle your air conditioner and the length of the cycling event. During cycling periods, a few days each summer, your air conditioner will be turned off-and-on a portion of each half hour.

Option B: One-time installation credit of $35 + credits for each cycling event that occurs (minimum of $8/month for May-Sep). The credit amount for each event is based on the price of electricity at the time we cycle your air conditioner and the length of the cycling event. During cycling periods, a few days each summer, your air conditioner will be turned off-and stay off a few minutes longer each half hour than with Option A.
You must be a Duke Energy residential customer, own your single-family home, have a functional central air conditioning unit with an outside compressor. Duke Energy will install a free load management switch next to your air conditioner on the outside of your home.
KY Duke Energy Kentucky Power Manager Power Manager is a voluntary program that pays you for reducing your air conditioning use during times of high demand for electricity. Cycling events will most likely occur during the following time periods: May through September; Monday through Friday; Mid-morning to early evening.
Depending upon the option you choose, your air conditioner is cycled off and then back on approximately one time each half hour, for the length of the cycling event. Cycling events will not normally exceed a four to six hour time frame and will not occur on weekends or holidays (except in a system emergency). To help keep you comfortable, the indoor fan continues to run to circulate air throughout your home.
Option A: One-time installation credit of $25 + credits for each cycling event that occurs (minimum of $5/month for May-Sep). The credit amount for each event is based on the price of electricity at the time we cycle your air conditioner and the length of the cycling event. During cycling periods, a few days each summer, your air conditioner will be turned off-and-on a portion of each half hour.

Option B: One-time installation credit of $35 + credits for each cycling event that occurs (minimum of $8/month for May-Sep). The credit amount for each event is based on the price of electricity at the time we cycle your air conditioner and the length of the cycling event. During cycling periods, a few days each summer, your air conditioner will be turned off-and stay off a few minutes longer each half hour than with Option A.
You must be a Duke Energy residential customer, own your single-family home, have a functional central air conditioning unit with an outside compressor. Duke Energy will install a free load management switch next to your air conditioner on the outside of your home.
OH Indiana Michigan Power Residential Peak Reduction This program is designed to reduce peak demand and conserve electricity while offering qualified customers a way to earn bill credits. Qualified customers can earn additional monthly bill credits if they have an electric water heater, pool pump and/or hot tub. $8/month May - Sept Your home must have central air conditioning in good working condition. A program device is installed near your outside central air conditioner.
MD BGE Peak Rewards When you enroll in the PeakRewards program, you agree to help ease high electricity demand by allowing BGE to ÒcycleÓ your air conditioning on and off with a professionally installed programmable thermostat or outdoor switch. Cycling typically occurs during the summer months, if there is a significant increase in peak energy demand between June 1 and September 30, your PeakRewards device will receive a signal to cycle your air conditioning. 50% cycling: $50/year + $50 initial signup bonus; 75% cycling: $75/year + $75 initial signup bonus; 100% cycling: $100 + $100 initial signup bonus An external device is added to air conditioner. The program comes with programmable thermostat
MD BGE Smart Energy Rewards BGE Smart Energy Rewards is a voluntary program that helps you earn credits on your summer electricity bills. The program is available to BGE residential customers with smart meters installed before June 1, 2013. Approximately 5 - 10 times per summer, BGE will notify you (between 4 pm – 8 pm) by phone, email or text the day before an upcoming Energy Savings Day.Simply reduce your electricity usage between 1 pm and 7 pm on designated Energy Savings Days and you can earn a bill credit of $1.25 for every kilowatt hour saved compared to your typical usage on similar weather days. $1.25 for each kilowatthour saved compared to typical usage A Smart Meter is required. If enrolled in Peak Rewards, the credit will be the maximum of the two bill credits
MD PEPCO Energy Wise Rewards Pepco will install a web-programmable thermostat or outdoor switch at your home and cycle it during peak-use times in exchange for bill credits. The thermostat signals the beginning and end of conservation periods. 50% cycling: $40/year + $40 initial signup bonus; 75% cycling: $60/year + $60 initial signup bonus; 100% cycling: $80 + $80 initial signup bonus Indoor programmable thermostat or outdoor switch are required
MD DMV Energy Wise Rewards Pepco will install a web-programmable thermostat or outdoor switch at your home and cycle it during peak-use times in exchange for bill credits. The thermostat signals the beginning and end of conservation periods. 50% cycling: $40/year + $40 initial signup bonus; 75% cycling: $60/year + $60 initial signup bonus; 100% cycling: $80 + $80 initial signup bonus An indoor programmable thermostat or outdoor switch are required
MN Xcel Saver's Switch On hot summer days – 10 to 15 days at most each year – Xcel Energy may activate SaverÕs Switch. The switch cycles your air conditioner off and on generally at 15- to 20-minute intervals. However, the furnace fan stays on, circulating already-cooled air throughout your home. 15% off June - September electric bill; + 2% off if water heater is enrolled You must be an Xcel Energy residential electric customer with central air conditioning in the state ofMinnesota. Customers who live in apartments or condominiums are not eligible unless they have owner approval and an A/C dedicated to their apartment located outside on the ground level near the building. Xcel Energy does not install SaverÕs Switch on rooftop A/Cs, window, or wall units for any dwelling. Your homeÕs disconnect box or breaker box must be within 50 feet or visual site of the air conditioning unit in order to install the Saver's Switch.
MN Alliant Energy $32/year; Additional $2/month if water heater is included in program You must own your home, have a central air conditioner and receive retail electric service from Alliant Energy. Installation is only allowed at your primary residence.
Participation is limited — control receivers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. A contractor installs a small, radio-activated control switch on or near your outdoor central air conditioner at no cost to you.
NC Dominion Smart Cooling Rewards During periods of high electrical use, Dominion may call an "event" which means we will cycle your home's cooling system on and off at defined intervals.  The fan will stay on circulating already cooled air.  This occurs during the summer season between June 1 and September 30.  Cycling times are limited to weekdays (no weekends or holidays) typically for 2-4 hours between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. You may select up to two days per summer season to opt out of a cycling event. $40/year Dominion will install an A/C Cycling switch on your home's cooling system system. 
NC Duke Energy Progress Energy Wise Home Program At no cost to you, Duke Energy Progress will install a small device at your home that enables us to cycle power off and on to your central air conditioning system during periods of unusually high energy demand. Cycles are short, automatic and require no effort from you. EnergyWise Home is typically activated only a few days during summer and is limited to weekdays – no weekends or holidays. You may choose up to two days during the summer season to override your air conditioner cycling. $25/year; up to $100 for referrals (4x$25) EnergyWise Home paging signals to A/C cycling switch on home cooling system
NJ PSEG Cool Customer If summer energy demand in our service area is extremely high, PSE&G may cycle your air conditioning compressor on and off to minimize the impact of high energy demand on the electric system. During any given hour of a cycling event, your air conditioner will only be cycled for a total 30 minutes. This is typically done in three 10-minute, or two 15-minute, intervals during the hour. That means your air conditioner will operate 50% of the time during a cycling event. Programmable thermostat: free thermostat and $50 one-time bill credit upon installation or Cycling credit: $16/year + $1/cycling event Indoor programmable thermostat or outdoor switch
NJ Atlantic City Electric Energy Wise Rewards Energy Wise Rewards works by cycling your central air conditioner over short intervals (conservation periods) on selected summer days (called Peak Savings Days). During normal cycling operation, your air conditioner compressor runs and rests in recurring intervals to maintain your ideal room temperature. $50 bill credit upon installation of smart thermostat or outdoor cycling switch Indoor programmable thermostat or outdoor switch
NM PNM Power Saver On selected summer weekday afternoons when electricity demand soars, your refrigerated air conditioning unit is automatically put into a conservation mode. Although the temperature in your home may rise a few degrees, most customers report they don't even notice the change in temperature. PNM Power Saver typically turns off your compressor for only a few minutes per half-hour from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on selected summer weekdays. PNM Power Saver will only be activated during the summer, June 1 through September 30, and will not be activated on holidays or weekends. $25/yr; $25 signup bonus The Power Saver device is connected to your exterior refrigerated air conditioning unit. If our technician has safe access to your exterior refrigerated air conditioning unit(s) and electrical fuse box, you don't need to be at home when the device(s) is installed.
NV NV Energy Mpowered mPowered can help you lower your bills using advanced technologies and tools that enable you to use energy more efficiently. During the peak summer months, on days when the demand for electricity is at its highest, NV Energy will occasionally initiate Energy Events. A signal is sent to your thermostat to increase the setpoint temperature up to 4 degrees. These events are optional and help reduce power consumption and electricity load to ensure a stable energy supply. By participating, you can earn Rebate Credits that get applied to your bill at the end of the year. Energy saved * real-time cost of energy; Free thermostat($299 value); Free energy optimization service Eligible customers (must have broadband Internet access and central A/C) will receive an mPowered intelligent thermostat enabled with energy optimization service at no charge. The new thermostat is installed with a gateway device that connects to your router and communicates with the energy optimization service over the Internet. Requirements: Central air conditioning; Broadband Internet access and router (NV Energy does not provide Internet access); Currently southern Nevada only
NY ConEd Control Your Central AC Remotely and Earn Cash Smart thermostats also allow Con Edison to remotely adjust the amount of electricity your central air-conditioning system uses to help reduce the demand for energy. A signal similar to a pager and/or beeper will communicate with your central air-conditioning thermostat and will cycle your unit's compressor on and off to reduce demand on our electric system. Your fan will continue to operate and circulate air. You can always override the adjustment if necessary. $25 gift upon installation of free carrier thermostat ($300 value) Free thermostat
NY ConEd CoolNYC The coolNYC program uses ThinkEco's modlet smartAC solution. By wirelessly hooking up your existing window air conditioner (AC) to the modlet, you can now control your AC and room temperature from your smartphone or any browser. $25 gift card Free or reduced-cost smartAC kit
OH AEP Ohio Smart Cooling This program is designed to reduce peak demand and conserve electricity while offering qualified customers a way to earn bill credits. Qualified customers can earn additional monthly bill credits if they have an electric water heater, pool pump and/or hot tub. $8/month May - Sept if consumption above 700kwh; $6/month May-Sep if consumption less than 700kwh; 1 opt-out per month reduces credit by half; More than one opt-out and credit is forfeited. Pool-pump: $6/month May-Sep; Electric Water Heater: $1/month; Hot Tub: $2/month. A FREE Programmable Communicating Thermostat (PCT) installed by a licensed contractor, free of charge (a $250 value). You must have a Smart Meter and have a central electric cooling system or electric heat pump. Load control switches professionally installed at no charge on electric water heaters, pool pump, and/or hot tub.
OH First Energy - Ohio Edison Easy Cool Rewards Introducing the Easy Cool Rewards Program — you can help ease peak demand for electricity on the hottest summer days. professionally-installed Honeywell programmable thermostat (a $250 value) You must be a FirstEnergy utility customer and your eligible HVAC equipment must be installed in Ohio Edison, Illuminating Company, or Toledo Edison service areas.
OH First Energy - Toledo Edison Easy Cool Rewards Introducing the Easy Cool Rewards Program — you can help ease peak demand for electricity on the hottest summer days. professionally-installed Honeywell programmable thermostat (a $250 value) You must be a FirstEnergy utility customer and your eligible HVAC equipment must be installed in Ohio Edison, Illuminating Company, or Toledo Edison service areas.
OH Duke Energy Ohio Power Manager Power Manager is a voluntary program that pays you for reducing your air conditioning use during times of high demand for electricity. Cycling events will most likely occur during the following time periods: May through September; Monday through Friday; Mid-morning to early evening.
Depending upon the option you choose, your air conditioner is cycled off and then back on approximately one time each half hour, for the length of the cycling event. Cycling events will not normally exceed a four to six hour time frame and will not occur on weekends or holidays (except in a system emergency). To help keep you comfortable, the indoor fan continues to run to circulate air throughout your home.
Option A: One-time installation credit of $25 + credits for each cycling event that occurs (minimum of $5/month for May-Sep). The credit amount for each event is based on the price of electricity at the time we cycle your air conditioner and the length of the cycling event. During cycling periods, a few days each summer, your air conditioner will be turned off-and-on a portion of each half hour. Temperature changes during the cycling event are minimal. This option is recommended if you are home during the day. A minimum of $5 will be credited each year if you choose this option, even if there are no cycling events.

Option B: One-time installation credit of $35 + credits for each cycling event that occurs (minimum of $8/month for May-Sep). The credit amount for each event is based on the price of electricity at the time we cycle your air conditioner and the length of the cycling event. During cycling periods, a few days each summer, your air conditioner will be turned off-and stay off a few minutes longer each half hour than with Option A. Because your air conditioning unit is cycled off for a few additional minutes, the temperature in your home during the cycling event may increase approximately 3 or 4 degrees above the thermostat setting. This option is a good choice for those who are away from home during the day. A minimum of $8 will be credited each year if you choose this option, even if there are no cycling events.
You must ba Duke Energy residential customer, own your single-family home and have a functional central air conditioning unit with an outside compressor. Duke Energy will install a free load management switch next to your air conditioner on the outside of your home.
SC Duke Energy Progress Energy Wise Home Program At no cost to you, Duke Energy Progress will install a small device at your home that enables us to cycle power off and on to your central air conditioning system during periods of unusually high energy demand. Cycles are short, automatic and require no effort from you. EnergyWise Home is typically activated only a few days during summer and is limited to weekdays – no weekends or holidays. You may choose up to two days during the summer season to override your air conditioner cycling. $25/year; up to $100 for referrals (4x$25) EnergyWise Home paging sends a signal to A/C cycling switch on home cooling system.
SD MidAmerican SummerSaver MidAmerican Energy installs a small cycling device on the siding or your home near the central air conditioning unit. From June 1 to Sept. 30, the device will, on peak usage days, govern the degree to which your air conditioning operates. When cycling is necessary, air conditioners are cycled between approximately 2 and 7 p.m., but never on weekends or holidays. $40 at end of first year; $30 at end of following years Single-family owner-occupied homes in South Dakota with a central air conditioning unit or air-source heat pump may be eligible. A small cycling unit is installed on or near outdoor A/C unit.
TX Austin Energy Power Partner Thermostats In summer, when the demand for electricity is highest, Austin Energy will briefly adjust thermostat settings or cycle off your air conditioner. Typically these adjustments will be for about two hours in the afternoon on only about 15 weekdays. Receive an $85 rebate when you enroll an Austin Energy approved Internet-connected thermostat in the Power Partner Thermostat program. ecobee Smart and Smart Si Thermostats;EnergyHub Filtrete 3M Radio-Thermostat;Nest Learning Thermostat.You must have a standard air conditioning system (split system, package unit, or heat pump); The heater component may be gas or electric;Your air conditioning equipment must be no larger than 10 tons;Your air conditioning equipment must be in good mechanical condition and controlled by an approved, communicating thermostat device.
TX Reliant Energy Degrees of Difference Degrees of Difference alerts you to upcoming periods of high electricity demand so you can reduce your usage. During these high demand hours, simply adjust your thermostat and hold off on high-usage activities like running the dishwasher, washer and dryer, or pool pump. Receive a Degrees of Difference bill credit of $0.30 per kWh  for using less electricity than normal during high demand hours Smart Meter
TX Reliant Energy Degrees of Difference with Nest Degrees of Difference with Nest alerts you to upcoming energy rush hours. During an energy rush hour, Nest will automatically tweak temperatures, but never more than a few degrees, keeping you comfortable. You can change the temperature at any time, and Nest will listen. Receive a Degrees of Difference bill credit of $0.80 per kWhfor using less electricity than normal during an energy rush hour Smart Meter
UT Rocky Mountain Power Cool Keeper CoolKeeper is a program designed to reduce electricity demand during the critical summer months. The Cool Keeper program typically operates on a few selected weekdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in June, July and August. The program is not activated on holidays or weekends.You are allowed up to two opt-out days per season (June 1 through August 31) $20/year The Cool Keeper device is connected to your exterior air conditioning unit. It receives a signal from Rocky Mountain Power to turn your air conditioning compressor off for a few minutes each half-hour during selected weekday summer afternoons.
VA Dominion Smart Cooling Rewards During periods of high electrical use, Dominion may call an "event" which means we will cycle your home's cooling system on and off at defined intervals.  The fan will stay on circulating already cooled air.  This occurs during the summer season between June 1 and September 30.  Cycling times are limited to weekdays (no weekends or holidays) typically for 2-4 hours between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. You may select up to two days per summer season to opt out of a cycling event. $40/year Dominion will install an A/C Cycling switch on your home's cooling system system. 
WI Xcel Saver's Switch On hot summer days – 10 to 15 days at most each year – Xcel Energy may activate SaverÕs Switch. The switch cycles your air conditioner off and on generally at 15- to 20-minute intervals. However, the furnace fan stays on, circulating already-cooled air throughout your home. $6 off June-Sept bills; additional $2 off June-Sept bills if hot water heater is included You must be an Xcel Energy residential electric customer with central air conditioning in the state of Wisconsin. Customers who live in apartments or condominiums are not eligible unless they have owner approval and an A/C dedicated to their apartment located outside on the ground level near the building. Xcel Energy does not install SaverÕs Switch on rooftop A/Cs, window, or wall units for any dwelling. Your homeÕs disconnect box or breaker box must be within 50 feet or visual site of the air conditioning unit in order to install the Saver's Switch.
WI Alliant Energy Appliance Cycling If the demand for electricity escalates to a critical point, a "system emergency" or "peak alert" is announced, and we'll turn on the radio signal that activates the switch on your air conditioner. The receiver will be activated to cycle the outdoor cooling unit according to the program option you elected. 50%; 75%; 100% options You must own your home, have a central air conditioner and receive retail electric service from Alliant Energy. Installation is only allowed at your primary residence. Participation is limited — control receivers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. A contractor installs a small, radio-activated control switch on or near your outdoor central air conditioner at no cost to you.
Inactive Programs
HI Hawaiian Electric EnergyScout Under the EnergyScoutª Program, Hawaiian Electric installs a free EnergyScoutª that could turn off your water heater during system emergencies. Typically, your water heater would not be interrupted for more than one hour at a time. The EnergyScoutª program is currently fully subscribed but we are working to obtain Public Utilities Commission approval to expand the program in the future. Installation of device to control water heater
ID Idaho Power AC Cool Credit $7 for three summer months
PA PECO Smart A/C Saver PECO Smart A/C Saver is only activated at times of high energy usage, during the summer months of June through September. Conservation events may occur on selected summer afternoons, between noon and 8:00 p.m. Participants do not need to re-enroll each summer. During a PECO Smart A/C Saver conservation event, your A/C compressor may rest up to 15 minutes each half hour. $20/month Jun-Sept Enrollment is closed for 2013. A PECO Smart A/C Saver Digital Cycling Unit (DCU) is connected to your central air conditioning unit or heat pump.