- Ability to allow for up to four (4) hours of reduction during a typical demand period
- $25 Sign-on Reward
- $50 per kW saved each year
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How much energy does my device use?
Heating and cooling account for about 48% of your annual bill. Your clothes dryer uses about 20% of your household appliance energy. Consider shifting your largest energy users to other times of the day.
For a full list of your home’s big energy users and what you can do to save, go to:
What is a kilowatt (kW) and a kilowatt hour (kWh)?
A watt (w) is a unit of power. A kilowatt (kw) is equal to 1,000 watts. Home devices can vary greatly in their power requirements. For instance, a single LED bulb may require 3 watts of power. An electric hot water heater, however, often requires 3,000 to 5,000 watts (3 to 5kW).
A kilowatt hour (kWh) is a unit of energy. It’s the amount of power (kW) required over a period of time (h). For instance, a hot water heater requiring 3kW of power for a 2-hour period would use 6 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy.
During a conservation event, reducing the usage of devices which require large amounts of power (kW) over long periods of time will have the biggest impact on your energy savings.
My home already participates in Central Hudson Peak Perks. Can I switch to Custom Savings?
Yes, if you can actively save electricity during your automatic cycling, you can switch to Custom Savings. However, you can participate in either program, but not both.
If I switch to the Custom Savings program, will I receive the sign-on reward?
Yes, however you must then participate for a full Custom Savings season.
How is my energy usage benchmark and the energy I saved during a Conservation Event determined?
A baseline is an estimate of the electricity that would have been consumed by a customer in the absence of a demand response event. Your Customer Baseline Load (CBL) is your average hourly usage during the top 5 days out of the last 10 eligible weekdays.
Is there a penalty if I leave the Custom Savings program if it’s not for me?
You can opt out of any Conservation Event or terminate participation in the program any time by notifying Central Hudson in writing or by telephone. If you terminate or cease to participate in the program, you will no longer be able to receive bill credits or rewards.
I understand the conservation events can occur any weekday from June 1 to September 30, but on average, how many events actually occur each season and for how long?
Participants can expect there to be approximately 3 events per season lasting roughly 3 hours for each event.
How do I maintain home comfort while participating in a conservation event?
Conservation Events are often called during the hottest days of the year when energy usage is at its highest. Central Hudson will inform you 24 hours in advance of a possible event and send a confirmation notice of an event 2 hours before it occurs. Customers in the program can then strategize the approach that best works for them.
For example, leading up to a conservation event, customers may choose to “precool” their homes by employing their AC systems more prior to the event. At the start of the event, customers can then raise the temperature of their AC system by 4 to 6 degrees above the normal set point to reduce the amount of time the AC system runs during the conservation event.
Also, appliances like clothes dryers can be run before or after the conservation event. If the home has a pool, turning off the pool pump during a Conservation Event can provide significant energy savings.