How does the program work?
Setting up a smartAC kit or your Wi-Fi AC 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 window ACs will turn on and off periodically or run at a slightly higher thermostat setting to reduce the power used. 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.
By participating, you are doing your part to ensure the reliability of your community’s electric grid.
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 smartAC kit includes a modlet BN and a thermostat remote to control it. The modlet BN is a modern electrical outlet that allows you to save energy and money on your plugged-in ACs, and you’ll be able to conveniently turn them on and off from your smartphone or computer. In the summer, this is an especially cool tool because you can set your AC to turn on before you leave work so you can come home to a cool apartment without paying to have the AC on all day!