Rush Hour Rewards Program
Nest and Farmers Electric Cooperative are partnering to help you save energy–and get paid in the process.
Farmers EC will give residential members a $100 electric account credit when they enroll their Nest Learning Thermostats (maximum 2) in Rush Hour Rewards, a voluntary program designed to reduce electricity use during peak summer hours. After the first year, enrollees will earn an additional $50 credit on their electric accounts for each subsequent year they participate in the program. (Confirmation of enrollment takes three-to-five business days. Have your Nest username and password handy when you're ready to enroll.)
When temperatures soar, air conditioners cycle on creating “an energy rush hour.” Distribution utilities such as Farmers EC request more generation to meet the higher demand, which in turn drives up power costs. These power costs are passed through on future electricity bills to you and to Farmers EC.
Together, we can work to lower these costs.
The program spans four months of summer beginning June 6th and ending Octobr 31st. Nest will notify enrolled members a minimum of two hours in advance of each event. Once enrolled, members can use the Nest to help cut their electricity use during rush hours, which typically occur between 4 and 7 pm a few days each month.
There will be no more than 25 rush hour events during the summer and no more than three during one week. Events can last up to four hours at a time.
If you’re home, Nest won’t let the temperature change more than a few degrees. Plus, you always have the option to change the temperature as needed. You’ll stay comfortable. You’ll be in control.
You must have the following to enroll in this program:
- Central Air
- Nest Thermostat
Download a copy of our Terms & Conditions (PDF)