Arizonans get paid to beat the heat
Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, and Tucson Electric Power Company offer incentive programs to help customers save money. Network support
Phoenix, August 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Arizona It is experiencing record high temperatures that last not just days but weeks, forcing many to turn on their air conditioners, with the unintended effect of straining the region’s electrical grid. This summer and fall, Arizonans have the opportunity to join demand response programs powered by the grid and receive significant compensation for participating, including cash and free or discounted smart thermostats.
More than 100,000 Arizonans are already receiving incentives from their utilities to participate, and electricity providers are looking to put more money back into customers’ pockets. Some utilities are even offering free smart thermostats to help customers participate, save energy and stay comfortable during the summer.
Through partnerships with EnergyHub, Arizona Public Service (APS), Salt River Project (SRP), and Tucson Electric Power (TEP), customers can learn more about their utilities’ demand response programs and Register easily.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, demand response programs provide an opportunity for consumers to play an important role in ensuring the reliability of the electric grid by allowing their utilities to automatically reduce or shift their electricity use during peak periods, in exchange for financial incentives. . APS, SRP and TEP customers already make a significant contribution to grid reliability, shifting an average of 276 MW on hot summer days. This is equivalent to supplying energy to more than 45,000 homes.
How do these programs work?
- In August and September, APS and SRP customers who enroll in the Utility Demand Response Program can get a Google Nest Thermostat for as low as $0*. TEP customers can get the Google Nest Thermostat for as low as $0* Until the end of 2023 (no registration required to respond to the application). The Nest Thermostat is ENERGY STAR certified® Certified and can be adjusted from anywhere to stay comfortable in any season.**
- Arizona Demand response programs are simple, and utility customers can always stop participating in a demand response event at any time by adjusting their thermostat set point.
- Customers register through their utility’s website or through the participating smart thermostat’s mobile app and receive a registration credit ($50/device, limit of two or five devices depending on utility software) and an annual sharing credit between $25–$40.
- Virtually any smart thermostat qualifies. EnergyHub integrates with thermostat brands including Alarm.com, Amazon, Building36, ecobee, Emerson, Google, Lux Products, Resideo, and more. If customers want to purchase a new smart thermostat, they can do so directly on their utility’s marketplace website and get the device for free or at a significant discount.
- To support the grid during the hot summer months, some registered smart thermostats may pre-cool a home before an expected period of exceptionally high electricity use, known as an “event,” which typically lasts 2-3 hours.
- During the event period, it helps customers reduce electricity demand when the software adjusts the set point on their thermostats up a few degrees.
“These three utilities are stepping up their efforts to make it easy for customers to be part of the solution through easy enrollment, financial incentives, and discounted or free devices,” he said. Jesse is a guest, Director of Strategic Customer Success at EnergyHub. “Arizona Utilities use this type of resiliency program to help maintain grid reliability and provide convenience and security for their customers.”
newly Opinion article In the The New York Times He sums up the need for demand response, “In situations like this, which will become more frequent as climate change makes heat waves longer and more intense, voluntary energy conservation is unlikely to cut them. What if instead of appealing to good intentions, utilities” would Paying people to reduce their energy use during peak hours? “It will be cheaper, faster and more efficient than building new power plants.”
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*Conditions apply. See the Utilities Marketplace website for full details. Google Nest Thermostat $129.99 MSRP.
** Remote control and mobile notifications require an Internet and Wi-Fi connection.
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