Receive up to $160 in bill credits this year by signing up for Pepco’s Energy Wise Rewards Program

When demand for electricity reaches its peak during the hot summer months, Pepco works with customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland to reduce strain on the electric grid through the Energy Wise Rewards program.  In addition to doing a good thing for the environment, customers who sign up for this program receive a one-time installation credit and bill credits during the peak summer months for each year they participate in the program.

Energy Wise Rewards works by turning off your central air conditioner or heat pump over short periods of time on selected summer days, known as Peak Savings Days. When Energy Wise Rewards conservation periods occur, the air conditioner fan continues to run, so most participants do not notice a conservation period occurring. You can expect, at most, five conservation events per year, each lasting three to six hours. Some homeowners may experience a 1- to 3-degree rise in temperature during a conservation period.

Energy Wise Rewards conservation periods are only activated during times of high electricity demand. During this time, typically between the months of June through October, you will receive monthly bill credits off of your electric bill. Participation is voluntary and there is no charge for taking part.

In addition to receiving the installation credit and bill credits during the summer months, you can choose between receiving a web-programmable thermostat or an outdoor switch, which is professionally installed at no cost to you. The thermostat will help you save energy and money all year round; the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that web-programmable thermostats can help customers save up to 10% off their electric bills every year.

Interested in signing up? You can enroll here.

To learn more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions, visit our website, or call 1-866-353-5798.

Virginia Burginger
Manager, Demand Side Management



5 thoughts on “Receive up to $160 in bill credits this year by signing up for Pepco’s Energy Wise Rewards Program

  1. Plz post something about energy wise during the heat and outage crisis. our AC cuts off each late afternoon and evening. then back on in the morning. is that energy wise cutting in? it does not flash a notice on our thermostat. help. we need info.

    • No Energy Wise Reward load control events are currently being run. You likely are experiencing storm damage-related outages.

      If you have not done so already, please report this issue by calling Customer Care at 202-833-7500. Please report outages at 1-877-737-2662.

  2. Why are your Maryland Energy Wise incentives 30% higher than the DC ones? Seems unfair and unreasonable, perhaps enough to keep me out of the program. Angers me even more since your time-of-use pricing plan in DC is severely biased (very high fixed component of the bill) toward large users and is thus more expensive for most people — regardless of when they use power.

  3. John,
    That is a good question. Energy Wise Rewards incentive amounts are calculated on the average square footage of all the homes in the area, since the program is about saving the energy it takes to cool those homes. Homes in D.C. have, on average, less square footage to cool than homes in Maryland, so EWR participants in D.C. will reduce their consumption less than those in Maryland.


  4. Interesting answer – thanks. Will think about it more, but it seems to make sense and be reasonable. Appreciate you taking the time to respond. Thanks!

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