As warmer weather sets in, our thoughts on keeping the house comfortable switch from heating to cooling. But as temperatures rise and air conditioners are switched on, looking for ways to better manage energy use at home can help you and PVREA reduce the cost of energy.
We’re excited to kick off our new Rush Hour Rewards program that will help you do just that - manage energy and save money, plus help the co-op save during the energy “rush hour”. As part of our ongoing mission to provide great member value, we have partnered with Nest, makers of the Nest thermostat, to bring a cutting-edge approach to energy management and efficiency through Rush Hour Rewards.
Here’s how it works.
The electric grid “rush hour” happens when many people are using a lot of electricity at the same time. This is typically during the evening when families return home from work or school, cook dinner and use appliances the most. Using electricity during this rush hour period costs more to PVREA and, therefore, to you.
The Rush Hour Rewards program provides a way for us to reduce the demand for energy during energy “rush hours”. Throughout the summer as energy “rush hours” are predicted to occur, PVREA will notify Nest to send a signal to any PVREA Nest thermostats in the Rush Hour Rewards program and it will adjust the temperature to save energy. Nest won’t let it get too hot, but if you start to feel warm, you can change the temperature at any time.
Members can purchase a Nest thermostat with a special, co-op discount– up to $50 off. On top of that, any member who has central AC or a heat pump and signs up for Rush Hour Rewards will receive a $50 enrollment bonus. Then at the end of the cooling season, we’ll give you another $30 for participating in the program. Every year you participate in the Rush Hour Rewards program, you will receive the $30 participation bonus.
We’re going to make it easy for members – simply visit our website at www.pvrea.coop/rush-hour to buy the thermostat and get the special co-op discount. Then sign up for Rush Hour Rewards in your Nest account to start seeing the savings.
We’re excited to provide another program that our members want – you’re in control, you get the savings and a cool gadget to have in your home to manage energy use. Learn more about the program at pvrea.coop/rush-hour, and call us if you have any questions. It’s just another way we’re working to provide great member value to you.
President & CEO