How the Central Air Conditioner Program Works: Smart Wi-Fi® Thermostat
It’s easy to sign your business up for the Central Air Conditioner program. You can do it here on the website or call us to speak with a Central Hudson Peak Perks Customer Service Representative.
1. Central Hudson Peak Perks smart Wi-Fi thermostat(s) installed
After you schedule your appointment, we’ll install your wireless Internet-accessible thermostat(s). There’s no charge for the installation and setup, which generally takes a little over an hour.
2. Wireless router connected
After installing your Central Hudson Peak Perks thermostat(s), our technician will connect the thermostat(s) to your facility’s secure, wireless Internet network (Wi-Fi). The technician also will review with you the operation of your new thermostat(s) and your energy manager portal.
3. Portal access from tablet or smartphone
You’ll be able to control your facility’s heating and cooling system through your energy manager portal using your smartphone, tablet or any computer with wireless Internet access.
4. Portal access from your computer
You may enter your energy manager portal at any time by logging in with your user ID and password.
5. Wireless signal sent
When demand for electricity in the Hudson Valley peaks, we’ll send a wireless signal that will “cycle” the compressor(s) of your facility’s central air conditioning unit(s) on and off. Typically these conservation events occur on occasional weekday afternoons in the summer when electricity use is at its peak.
6. Balance the demand for electricity
As your central air conditioner’s compressor (along with those of other participants) is cycling, the demand for energy is reduced. As a result, less electricity needs to be generated and transmitted to your facility, which keeps energy costs lower as well as reducing carbon emissions and other pollutants associated with electricity generation.
7. Maintain your routine
If you are like most participants in similar programs across the country, you may not notice a change in your facility’s temperature. A typical conservation event may raise it just 1 to 3 degrees. Your central air conditioner’s fan will continue to circulate air throughout the building during a conservation event.
8. We reward you for your help
Shortly after installation of your thermostat, you receive a $125 Enrollment Reward check. You also receive a prorated Annual Reward check of up to $75 after the close of the program season and each following year you participate.