The H2O Plus Program
A program that makes wise energy use a reality in the Wiregrass area.
H2O Plus is an innovative program that puts technology to work to better manage energy usage.
Your participation helps us reduce demand during those times when energy is most expensive.
H2O Plus is a simple program that can have a major impact on future electricity rates. You could be eligible to receive a free water heater or receive credit on a purchased water heater. With this option, your water heater will be equipped with the H2O load control device (at no charge to you) to qualify. Members who currently have an electric water heater installed can enroll for this free program as well. Download the H2O/Water Heater brochure here.
When you enroll, we'll send a certified electrician to your home (at no cost to you) to install a cycling device on your water heater. This device will enable our power supplier to cycle your water heater during times of high demand (usually on the hottest days of summer or coldest days of winter). When this happens, the elements on your water heater will power down for short periods of time (usually between two and three hours) and restart in time to maintain plenty of hot water in the tank.
Don't worry. You'll still have plenty of hot water to handle your chores, shower and other household tasks. In fact, you shouldn't even notice a difference.
What is the point? By managing energy usage when demand is high (when you and all your neighbors are using the most electricity), our supplier can reduce demand during those times when energy is most expensive. Read more about Peak Demand.
And that will help us make wise energy use a reality in the Wiregrass area.
Some commonly asked questions about H2O Plus...
Why would you want to turn off my hot water? We don’t - we just want to help manage your energy usage by cycling your water heater. In fact, wwith the H2O Plus control unit installed, you should notice no difference in the amount of hot water available.
Will I see a savings on my power bill if I participate?
The impact per consumer is small, so you probably won’t notice a difference on your power bill. But with thousands of people enrolled across the region, H2O Plus can make a huge impact on reducing the demand for electricity. - which determines the cost of the wholesale power purchased by Wiregrass Electric - which affects the price to you. Read more about peak demand.
Why is Wiregrass Electric promoting a program that will help it sell less electricity?
We are a cooperative, and that means we have a real concern for the communities we serve.
By managing energy usage when demand is high (when you and your neighbors are using the most electricity), our supplier can reduce demand during those times when energy is most expensive. This reduces the need to build new generation facilities which could impact the cost of electricity - and lessens the impact to our environment.
What do I do to sign up ?
Click here for the form for the H2O Plus program. Fill it out and return it to Wiregrass Electric's office by mail: P.O. Box 158, Hartford, AL 36344, by fax at 334-588-0683, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will contact you to schedule a time to install your H2O Plus equipment.
How to get your free water heater
Cooperative members or contractors/builders may qualify for a free water heater by agreeing to have the load control equipment installed on the water heater. Your water heater may be picked up at the Hartford warehouse - or you can receive up to $475 credit on a purchased water heater. The water heater must have the H2O device installed within 45 days of purchase or pick-up.
Water Heater Purchase
Cooperative members that do not qualify for free water heaters can purchase an energy efficient water heater. Please see the following list for sizes and models available. Contact your nearest Wiregrass Electric office for pricing.
Note: All water heaters in stock have 4500 watt elements and are wired 240V. Also, residential water heaters sold in the US are wired for non-simultaneous element operation. The top element satisfies, then sends power to the bottom element until it satisfies, then the water heater cycles off. The result is that at no time will both of the elements be on at the same time. The National Electric Code (NEC) specifies for residential water heaters to be on a circuit by themselves on a double pole 240V breaker with #10 gauge wire.
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