Important Notice: No NEW PECO Smart A/C Saver enrollments will be accepted for the 2020 season. If you have any questions about the program please call 1-866-291-3972.

Put more of your money back in your business with PECO Smart A/C Saver.

PECO Smart A/C Saver is a choice that helps you put more of your money where it belongs – back into your business.

Why it’s easy

PECO Smart A/C Saver is only activated at times of high energy usage, during the summer months of June through September. Conservation events may occur on selected summer afternoons, between noon and 8:00 p.m. Participants do not need to re-enroll each summer.

It’s important

Given the focus on energy, it’s more important than ever to use electricity wisely. During high summer energy use periods, PECO Smart A/C Saver works to reduce electricity usage by “cycling” participant central air conditioners throughout the region. During normal operation, your air conditioner compressor runs and rests in recurring intervals to maintain your ideal room temperature. During a PECO Smart A/C Saver conservation event, your A/C compressor may rest up to 15 minutes each half hour. PECO optimizes the operation of your A/C to reduce energy demand. This helps PECO best manage our energy resources.


PECO Smart A/C Saver is closed to new enrollments for the 2020 season. If you are a current participant and you have a program-related question, call 1-866-291-3972.

Learn about the PECO Smart A/C Saver Programmable Thermostat.

The PECO Smart A/C Saver programmable thermostat allows PECO to signal the beginning and end of a conservation event. In addition, a programmable thermostat will provide you with control of your facility’s cooling and heating operation.

Enjoy these great features:

  • Seven day/four interval programming for precise customization to your schedule
  • Large, backlit, high–resolution LCD display
  • Large, user-friendly buttons
  • Broad compatibility with HVAC systems

Plus, save an additional 10% on your cooling and heating bills when you use a programmable thermostat!*

*Source: U.S. Department of Energy

PECO has reached the program’s capacity for 2020.

If the PECO Smart A/C Saver switch is already installed at your home, you may join the program and receive bill credits once the switch has been activated. Call 1-866-291-3972 to have your switch activated.

No. Once you are enrolled you will remain in PECO Smart A/C Saver as long as you wish to participate or the program is offered.

A PECO Smart A/C Saver programmable thermostat is connected to your central air conditioning unit or heat pump. On selected days from June through September, we’ll automatically cycle participating air conditioners to help balance the region’s demand for electricity. These events are known as “conservation events”.

When regional energy demand is high, your switch will receive a radio signal that will put your A/C compressor into a “conservation mode.” Your compressor will then operate 15 minutes of each half hour during the conservation event. However, during the entire conservation event, your A/C fan will run uninterrupted, circulating cool air throughout your facility to maintain comfort.

A PECO Smart A/C Saver programmable thermostat is a digital thermostat that allows you to automatically adjust the temperature of your business according to a preset schedule that you choose. This can be done manually. It receives a radio signal from PECO to turn off your air conditioning compressor (not your entire A/C system) for up to 15 minutes each half hour during “peak” summer afternoons. This helps manage system-wide electricity demand during times of peak usage.

Bill credits will appear as a line item on your PECO summer electric bills (June – September electric usage months). Bill credits begin accumulating after your thermostat is installed and are based on the billing month, which is determined by the “From” reading date of your bill. For example, if the reading date of your bill is from 5/26 through 6/25, this is considered your May bill. For the summer of 2020, bill credits for the A/C cycling program season are $10. Credit amounts are subject to change on an annual basis.

Yes. Every customer will receive the full credit regardless of the amount of your bill. Any excess will be listed as a credit for the next month’s bill.

The number of conservation events depends on many factors, including weather and peak electricity demand. PECO may call up to 6 events during the season.

Check your programmable thermostat. When a conservation event occurs, the LED will glow red and the display will read “Event in Progress” for the duration of the period. You can also check the PECO Smart AC Saver website at  on event days or receive e-mail notice of events bygoing to our e-mail opt-in page.

Conservation events typically occur on hot weekday afternoons and on average last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours.

No. The PECO Smart A/C Saver program requires 100% opt-in participation.

Although a start time is announced for events, all facilities do not start cycling at the same time. Some facilities may start cycling up to 30 minutes after the start of the event. The end times for these facilities would correspond. For example, if your facility starts cycling at 2:30 p.m. for a 2:00 p.m. start time of a conservation event, your home can still be cycled until 6:30 p.m.

If you have a question about your thermostat or about the program, just call us toll-free at our PECO Smart A/C Saver Service Center at 1-866-291-3972 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for prompt customer service and technical assistance.

You may or may not notice that a PECO Smart A/C Saver conservation event is even occurring. During the course of a conservation event, the temperature in a typical home may rise slightly. Variables such as insulation, shaded windows, the addition of ceiling fans, and the amount of foot traffic are some of the things that can also affect the temperature.

There are no penalties; however, you cannot re-enroll in the program for 12 months if you leave the program after June 1, 2020.

PECO will review the program annually at the end of the cooling season to determine the program’s future after that review.

Reality: PECO Smart A/C Saver actually balances the demand for electricity during conservation events with non-peak events. Depending on how effectively you maintain the cool air in your space during such periods with proper insulation, shaded windows, lowered lighting, etc., and how much you call on electricity to drive your air conditioning to lower the temperature when a conservation event ends, you may significantly affect your overall energy consumption for the day.

Keep in mind that the primary purpose of the program is to balance the demand for electricity to minimize the potential for power outages and reduce the need for costly infrastructure additions. Any energy conservation that you can achieve by reducing personal demand will be a much-appreciated bonus.

Have questions? Contact us today.

Sending an e-mail to PECO Smart A/C Saver is a great way to get answers and information regarding questions or issues you may have about this program. If you have a question about your installation or your PECO Smart A/C Saver thermostat(s), simply complete the form below, type your message and follow the instructions.

After submitting your question or issue, we will be in touch with you within 1-2 business days.

You can also call us at 1-866-291-3972, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you need to report an electric or natural gas emergency, please call 1-800-841-4141.
Please do not e-mail your emergency request.

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