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.
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. And that will help us make wise energy use a reality in the Wiregrass area.
Fill out the online form below and someone will contact you to schedule a time to install your H2O Plus equipment.Load Control / H2O Plus Program Form
H2O Plus FAQ
We don’t – we just want to help manage your energy usage by cycling your water heater. In fact, with the H2O Plus control unit installed, you should notice no difference in the amount of hot water available.
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.
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.
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.
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