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Central AC Cycling

Reduce electricity demand on the hottest days of the summer by joining ComEd's Central Air Conditioning Cycling. By enrolling, you can help us better manage our energy resources, and earn credits on your summer electric.

 

With our AC Cycling program, we offer two device options. ComEd can cycle your air conditioner utilizing an authorized Smart Thermostat or ComEd can install a direct load control (DLC) switch at your home.

The smart thermostat option allows ComEd to control your thermostat through your home Wi-Fi. Currently, Nest is the Smart Thermostat authorized for the AC Cycling Program by ComEd.

The DLC switch, which ComEd will install on the side of your home or directly on the air conditioner's compressor panel, allows us to turn your compressor off and on, so it uses less power safely during a cycling event. Your fan still stays on to circulate already cooled air and to keep your home comfortable.

Cycling is only done when needed, and it may occur only on weekdays and for limited periods of time.

Eligibility

It's easy to join. If you own your home and have central air conditioning, you can enroll in ComEd's Central Air Conditioning Cycling.

Device Options

Smart Thermostats

Smart Thermostat option
Time:Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Up to one continuous 6-hour period during any weekday (if needed).
Monthly Incentive:$10 incentive/month per household, June 1 through September 30.
Total Potential Seasonal Incentive Payment:$40

Enroll Online

Direct Load Control Switches

50% option
Time:Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Maximum of 15 minutes every half hour (if needed).
Monthly Credit:$5 credit/month per household, June 1 through September 30.
Total Potential Seasonal Credit:$20

100% option
Time:Weekdays (excluding holidays), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Unit cycles off:Up to 3 hours for a full air conditioning interruption (i.e. turns air conditioner off)  or can be cycled up to 6 hours like the 50% cycling option at ComEd’s discretion.
Monthly Credit:$10 credit/month per household, June 1 through September 30.
Total Potential Seasonal Credit:$40

If someone in your household is home during most of the day or has a medical condition, the 100% option is not recommended.

Enroll Online or enroll by phone: 1-800-986-0070

Which Program is Better for Me - Central AC Cycling or Peak Time Savings?

Both ComEd programs offer summer bill credits and are built upon the customer’s ability to reduce energy usage when energy demand is high. Most customers earn larger bill credits on Central AC Cycling than they would on Peak Time Savings, but these programs differ in several important ways.

 Peak Time SavingsCentral AC Cycling w/ Direct Load Control SwitchCentral AC Cycling w/ Nest Smart Thermostat
Earn Summer Bill Credits (June – Sept)
Certainty of Receiving a Summer Bill Credit
$5/mo Summer Bill Credit ($20 Total) 50% Cycling
Option
$10/mo Summer Bill Credit ($40 Total) 100% Cycling
Option
Requires Central AC Unit
Requires Switch Installation on Central AC Compressor
Requires a Nest Smart Thermostat & Wi-Fi Connection
ComEd Performs Energy-Saving Actions Automatically (No Need to be Home)
Participant Manages All Energy-Saving Actions
Total of Summer Bill Credits For Most Customers Fall Between $0 - $10
Potential to Earn More than $40 in Total Summer Bill Credits
Can Leverage Smart Technologies and IFTTT to Increase Bill Credit Amounts

Customers may not participate simultaneously in Central AC Cycling and Peak Time Savings.

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