How does the program work?
Setting up your Wi-Fi AC or smart thermostat will let you to control your AC remotely and set on/off schedules. You’ll also be able to join the coolControl Program community to help relieve stress on the electric grid on days when usage is particularly high. On these days, the program will have Conservation Events, where your AC will turn on and off periodically or run at a slightly higher thermostat setting to reduce power.
Most participants don’t notice a change, but you can always opt out if you feel uncomfortable. Conservation Events typically occur during the afternoon and last for a few hours each.
How does it help the community?
We all want to stay cool during the summer while maintaining the reliability of the grid. On really hot days, all of that electricity use can overtax our electricity grid. When you participate in a Conservation Event, you join the community of cool participants who are helping each other by using energy more wisely!
By lowering demand during peak times, coolControl participants help National Grid manage its resources better, which will improve the way electricity is delivered and used. This makes our grid cleaner, safer, and more reliable and efficient for everyone.
How does it benefit me?
A smart thermostat helps save energy by ensuring you only use your AC and heat when you need it. You’ll be able to control the temperature in your home from anywhere, and you’ll earn rewards for installing and participating in Conservation Events.