Load Management Switches

Water Heater Radio-Controlled Switch

A radio-controlled switch (RCS) is a device that is installed on electric water heaters to help reduce our peak electric load during times of high electric use. When the cooperative is notified that the demand for electricity is reaching an all-time high, a Peak Alert is issued and a signal is sent to the radio-controlled switch, which turns off the heating elements for a period of time. Today's energy efficient water heaters are capable of holding heat for extended periods of time, so the elements can be off for a period with little or no inconvenience.

This program has resulted in significant savings to the cooperative and the members. Members receive a $4 monthly credit for having a RCS installed on their electric water heater.

A RCS wired to a water heater is typically located on the breaker panel or directly on the water heater.
 

Interested in having a water heater radio-controlled switch installed by a cooperative technician at your home?

Click here to request an appointment for a water heater RCS installation.


Cool Returns A/C Radio-Controlled Switch

A Cool Returns switch is a radio-controlled switch (RCS) that is installed on an air conditioner, heat pump or geothermal system to help reduce our peak electric load during times of high electric use. When the cooperative is notified that the demand for electricity is reaching an all-time high, a Peak Alert is issued and a signal is sent to the radio-controlled switch, which cycles the air conditioner's compressor off for 8 to 12 minutes each half hour. The air conditioner’s fan continues to operate during this period so comfort in the home is maintained. The Cool Returns switch operates similar to how a thermostat cycles the compressor off and on when it reaches a set temperature.

This program has resulted in significant savings to the cooperative and the members. Members receive a $100 bill credit when a Cool Returns switch is installed on their air conditioning system.* Members also receive a $2 monthly credit once the switch is installed. Window air conditioning units are not eligible. *2 year minimum contract

A Cool Returns switch is typically located next to the air conditioning system.
 

Interested in having an air conditioning radio-controlled switch installed by a cooperative technician at your home?

Click here to request an appointment for an air conditioning RCS installation.