VIRGINIA (WAVY) – With the temperatures rising, Dominion Virginia Power is once again offering its Smart Cooling Rewards program.
Customers who enroll will have their air conditioner or heat pump compressor automatically cycled on and off for defined intervals. About 100,000 customers have enrolled. A $40 credit is also available.
“This program is an excellent way for our customers to automatically earn a credit on their energy bill while helping to meet Virginia’s growing energy needs,” Vice President of Customer Service Gianna Clark said. “By easing the demand on the power grid, customers help control their costs while supporting grid reliability.”
Dominion says the program works in the following ways:
- Dominion will install an A/C cycling switch on customers’ outdoor cooling system. Since the work is performed on your outdoor unit, there is noneed for an installation appointment. The equipment and installation are free.
- During periods of high electrical use between June 1 and September 30, Dominion may cycle participating customers’ cooling systems on and offat defined intervals. Your fan will stay on, circulating already cooled air.
- Cycling times are limited to weekdays (no weekends or holidays) typically for 2-4 hours between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Customers may select two days per summer season to opt out of a cycling event and still be eligible for the incentive. Cycling events are posted on the day of the event to the Smart Cooling Rewards web page for Virginia and North Carolina as well as participating customers’ MYA page. The events are also posted to the Dominion Facebook page and Twitter. The postings typically precede the event by an hour.
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