- Help your cooperative hold down power rates.
- Receive a $50 electric bill credit if you stay opted in 60% or more of the control events for the 12 months following the thermostat coming online. The $50 credit is an ongoing annual opportunity as long as the program continues.
Smart Thermostat Program FAQs
What is the Smart Thermostat program?
Horry Electric’s smart thermostat program gives members the opportunity to enroll their Emerson Sensi smart thermostat in the program and receive a $50 bill credit. By participating in the program, members will agree to allow the cooperative to control the thermostat during peak periods.
What is required to participate?
- You must be a member of Horry Electric Cooperative;
- You must be the homeowner;
- You must agree to the program terms and conditions.
How will the cooperative control my thermostat?
About 5-6 times per month, the thermostat will be adjusted remotely based on system-wide peak periods.
The events will be four (4) hours in total, which includes a one-hour pre-cool/pre-heat period and three hours of peak-saving adjustment. The control will follow this pattern:
|Pre-cooling/pre-heating||+/- 2 degrees||Second hour||+/- 3 degrees|
|First hour||+/- 2 degrees||Third hour||+/- 4 degrees|
What if I don’t want the cooperative to control my thermostat?
You’ll be notified of control during peak times on the device’s display with an option to override. You can override control up to 40-percent (40%) of the time. If you exceed 40-percent, you will not qualify for the $50 12-month bill credit.
For any member that stays opted in 60-percent (60%) or more of the control events for the 12 months following their thermostat coming online, they will receive a $50 electric bill credit. The $50 credit is an ongoing annual opportunity as long as the program continues.
Why does Horry Electric want to control my thermostat?
When the cooperative purchases power, energy during those peak hours is more expensive. The more we can cut down on how much energy is used during those periods, the lower our power bill will be. We will use those savings to hold down costs for our members.