Load Management

Load management is a peak load control device, not an energy saving device. It is not used every day, but only during periods of peak demand, usually on hot summer afternoons between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on cold winter mornings between 7 and 9 a.m.

  • Water heaters are cycled off, but are designed to keep water hot for several hours after the power is turned off.
  • Compressors on heat pumps in cooling mode and central air conditioners are cycled off for 7½ minutes each half hour of the peak demand. When the light or lights on the load management box are on, it means that power has been interrupted for those 7½ minutes. The indoor fan is not cycled allowing cooled air to be circulated.
  • Heat pumps in heating mode have their auxiliary heat strips cycled off. The compressor is not cycled and will continue to heat.

For each month of the year there is a $5.00/month rebate for a water heater and a $5.00/month/unit rebate for heat pumps paid June through September because these months are typically months of peak operation.

Heat strips earn a $5.00/home/month rebate for December and March and a $10/home/month rebate for January and February. All credits are annual ones allowing load management to be done any month of the year as needed.

Load Management Ordinance