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.
Manager, Demand Side Management