Do you own, or are you planning to purchase, a WiFi-connected device such as a home battery, electric vehicle charger, electric hot water heater, mini-split controller, or WiFi thermostat? Do you want to earn incentives every month?

Belmont Municipal Light Department participates in Connected Homes, an incentive program that leverages the technology of smart devices and creates savings for its customers. Check out the details below or click HERE for more information.


Background

The Connected Homes program aims to reduce Belmont Light’s peak capacity, which impacts power supply costs and rates for the following year.  By shifting your home’s use of your connected, and unconnected, devices and appliances, you contribute to reducing the amount of energy that Belmont Light is requesting from the grid.  The more energy demand on the system, the more generators need to come online, with the dirtiest (meaning high carbon-producing) ones helping supply enough electricity for the grid.  By reducing the amount of energy during a particular hour and flattening out the demand, Belmont Light customers are able to help stabilize the demand and reduce the need for the dirtiest power plants.

In following with the Town of Belmont’s Climate Action Plan and Belmont Light’s own Strategic Plan, the reduction of power demand during peak periods of the day helps reduce the carbon footprint of the town.


Program Specifics

Throughout the year, Belmont Light will identify certain days when electricity usage is expected to reach peak levels. For purposes of the program, these days will be called “peak events”. During peak events, participants in Peak Rewards will be asked by email and mobile notification to either reduce use of or turn off program-connected devices. By reducing usage during the designated window of time, a participant will have successfully completed the peak event.

HELPS Connected Homes Program leverages the technology of smart appliances and devices into cost savings for the light department and its customers. Customers agree to allow Connected Homes to make brief, limited adjustments to their devices during times of peak electric demand and are rewarded with a quarterly incentive, applied as a bill credit. Check the chart below to find out if your smart device qualifies. Click the “APPLY ONLINE” link to learn more or to fill out an application.

Smart DeviceQualify BrandMonthly Incentive
BatterySonnen$15
Electric Vehicle ChargerChargepoint$10
Electric Hot Water HeaterGE$5
Electric Hot Water HeaterRheem$5
Mini-Split ControllerSensibo$5
Wi-Fi ThermostatGoogle Nest*$5
Wi-Fi ThermostatHoneywell Home$5
*Google Nest thermostats will only be controlled between May 1 and September 30. The remaining devices will be controlled year-round. Google and Nest Thermostat are trademarks of Google LLC.

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You can also contact us directly at 617-993-2837 or energyresources@belmontlight.com if you have any other questions.