volume 67 - issue 7 - July 2017
Join CoolSentry to save
SMECO has a load management program that helps save energy and money during the summer months. CoolSentry is an opt-in program where customer-members receive a credit on their electric bills from June through September to allow SMECO to schedule conservation events during times of peak demand. Peak demand times occur when everyone uses a lot of electricity at the same time, usually on the hottest days.
When members sign up for CoolSentry, they will either receive a free programmable thermostat, professionally installed, or a digital cycling unit (DCU) installed on the outdoor central A/C unit.
When SMECO holds a conservation event, a wireless signal is sent to the participant’s CoolSentry thermostat or DCU. The signal places the central air conditioning units and heat pumps into conservation mode. The signal will coordinate your A/C or heat pump with others in the neighborhood to reduce electricity use. The temperature in the home may rise slightly, but will stay comfortable.
Choose your level of participation
One level is 50 percent cycling, which means the compressor operates half the time it did prior to the conservation event. Members who choose 50 percent cycling will receive up to $50 in bill credits.
The second level is 75 percent cycling, which means the compressor operates 25 percent of the time it did prior to the conservation event. Participants who choose 75 percent cycling will receive up to $75 in bill credits.
Regardless of which level you choose, the A/C fan operates continuously throughout the conservation event to circulate air throughout your home.