How to Get a $50 Credit on Your WE Energies Bill

March 31 by
Filed under: Energy 

For the second time this year, WE Energies customers will see another rate hike.  According to an article from Thomas Content of JS Online, The Public Service Commission approved a $48.1 million rate hike which has gone into effect.  Content reports that the rate hike was due to increased fuel costs and the rate hike is subject to refund if WE Energies collects too much money to cover their increased fuel costs.  Rates are scheduled to rise again in 2011.

If you’re looking for a way to help offset the increased costs this summer, WE Energies Energy Partners Program offers a $50 credit each summer if you allow them to control your central air conditioner during periods of high demand for energy.

If you sign up for the program, WE Energies will install a small radio device near your central air conditioner.  This device allows WE Energies to cycle the air conditioner between noon and 11pm from May 15th through September 15th of each year.  According to WE Energies, cycling air conditioners usually takes place on weekdays between noon and 8pm.

Three options are available:

  • $50 credit – your air conditioner may be cycled off up to 6 continuous hours in one day
  • $40 credit – your air conditioner may be cycled off up to 4 continuous hours in one day
  • $12 credit – your air conditioner may be cycled off up to 45 minutes, run 15 minutes, and continue this cycle up to 8 hours in one day

Here’s a look at when WE Energies has actually cycled air conditioners off:

  • 2009 – None
  • 2008 – None
  • 2007 – Cycled once for 30 minutes
  • 2006 – None
  • 2005 – Cycled 4 days for a total of 2.5 hours
  • 1999 to 2004 – None

To learn more or to enroll, visit the WE Energies Energy Partners program webpage.

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