By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– PECO customers have a chance to save $120 on electric bills this summer, if they don’t mind letting their homes get a little warmer than usual. But they have to apply for the special program by Monday.READ MORE: In-Person Classes To Resume Lindley Academy Charter School On Monday After COVID-19 Outbreak
PECO is offering homeowners $30 a month for the summer – June through September – to let them install a so-called “Smart A/C saver” on their central air compressor. The device has a radio-controlled switch which allows PECO to turn the compressor off remotely.READ MORE: Eagles DE Bandon Graham Suffers Achilles Injury, Sources Tell Derrick Gunn
Spokeswoman Kathy Engel Menendez says the device allows PECO to lower demand for electricity during *peak* usage.
“Think of the times of the summer where there’s extremely high temperatures, high heat, high humidity, PECO will call what’s known as a ‘conservation event’ and then we will use those devices to cycle on and off a customer’s air conditioning compressor for 15 minute intervals.”MORE NEWS: Missed Opportunities Contribute To Eagles 17-11 Loss To San Francisco 49ers
Menedez says PECO will continue to take applications but to get the full savings, customers should apply now. She says it may not be a good program for the elderly or others sensitive to heat.