Smart Response AC Switch

While REC is no longer soliciting participants for enrollment in the A/C Switch Program, we will install a switch upon a member's request.

If you previously enrolled in the Smart Response AC Switch program you will still receive a $6 credit on your electric bill each month from June through September. That monthly seasonal credit will continue as long as you remain an active participant and the AC Switch remains in place and operational.

The AC Switch Program helps reduce electricity demand during the hottest days of the year. This helps avoid having to import expensive electricity into our electrical system, reduces the strain on the system, and may even help delay the need for new power generation. These are still important goals, and REC is now evaluating other, more cost effective ways of reducing demand during peak periods.

How the program works
The Smart Response AC Switch program allows us to send a signal to participating members’ AC units during times when electricity is in the highest demand. The signal will cycle the AC unit on and off a few minutes each hour. The fan will continue to run, keeping your home comfortable. Most participants never notice a difference.

Additional things you can do to stay more comfortable during a peak event:

•Turn off unnecessary indoor lights, and replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs.
• Delay the use of heat-producing appliances, such as the oven or clothes dryer.
• Use your ceiling fans; make sure they are turning in the forward direction (counter-clockwise). This will force the room air down on you giving you the wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler.
•Close window curtains and blinds to shade your living space.
• Turn off electronics that are not being used, such as computers, TVs and DVD players.

Enrolled in the Program? Contact us with any questions by calling 1-800-552-3904 or emailing us at