Currently, OPPD’s rates are 24 percent below the national average. By participating in OPPD’s
AC Management Program, you can help OPPD keep its rates among the lowest in the nation and get paid to do it.
OPPD’s Air Conditioning Management Program helps reduce the need for electricity when the demand for it is at its highest. Reducing this demand delays the need for a new power plant and the cost of building it. Deferring this cost will help OPPD keep rates low.
For participating you will receive $50 from OPPD.
Here’s how the program works:
- OPPD will attach a free outdoor device to your home on the siding or brick nearest your AC unit or heat pump. This will require the use of hardware, such as screws or nails, but no appointments are necessary and no one goes into your home.
- After the device is installed, OPPD will credit your bill $30 and an additional $20 for each year you participate in the program. That’s $50 for the first year!
- On most days, nothing will happen. On some summer days when demand for electricity is at its highest, the device will run your AC or heat pump in approximately 15 minute intervals (on for 15, off for 15), for 2.5 hours between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. AC Management will not cause additional wear-and-tear to your cooling system.
- AC Management will only occur a maximum of 12 days per year. However, depending on summer weather patterns, the device may never be activated. AC Management will never occur on holidays or weekends, and you will be able to opt-out of AC Management any two days per year with 24-hour notice.
- During a management event, your cooling system’s blower fan will continue to circulate air throughout your home. A typical home may experience a 1 to 3 degree increase in temperature.
It’s that simple, and it’s also the most effective way to reduce energy demand during high usage times.
To be eligible to participate in the AC Management Program you must:
- Have a working central air conditioner or heat pump.
- Own a single-family home.
- Be willing to have a free outdoor device attached to your home on the siding or brick nearest your AC unit or heat pump. This will require the use of hardware, such as screws or nails.
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