MVEC FAQ

Question linkWhat is the Energy Wise Wi-Fi Thermostat Program?
  • MVEC’s voluntary program is designed to reward you for reducing your electricity use during periods of high demand for electricity, while helping the environment and reliability of the electric grid.
  • Members agree to brief, limited events which adjust their thermostats during peak electric demand periods from June 1 through September 30 on non-holiday weekdays. You can anticipate in at least one event, and a maximum of up to 18 events per summer. Peak electricity demand typically occurs on hot summer days.
  • MVEC members who have installed a qualifying connected thermostat controlling their central air conditioning system and/or air source heat pump are eligible.
  • Participants will receive a $50 bill credit after being accepted into the program and 10% discount on your summer electric bill (June – September) for subsequent years that you participate in the program. Members already participating in an A/C Energy Wise program will remain on their current program and receive the 10% discount or reduced rate. For example, if you are receiving a reduced rate, you will NOT also receive the additional 10% discount.
  • Members will small businesses or more than one central conditioner will receive a $10/month bill credit on statements dated during the months of June - September of every year. You must use a minimum of 200kWh each month to qualify for the bill credit.
Question linkHow does the Energy Wise Wii-Fi Thermostat Program benefit the community?

The program:

  • Supports Minnesota’s energy initiatives.
  • Protects our environment by lowering emissions.
  • Helps reduce the cost of peak energy in our region.
Question linkHow will I know if I’m eligible to enroll?

To be eligible to enroll, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • You are a MVEC member.
  • You have successfully installed and have an eligible internet-connected thermostat.
  • You use your connected thermostat to control your working central air conditioning and/or air source pump.
Question linkWhich thermostats qualify for the program?

Below is the current list of qualifying thermostats.

Thermostat Provider Approved Thermostats
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control, Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat, Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat, Wi-Fi 9000, Wi-Fi 9000 with Voice Control, Wi-Fi Focus Pro, Wi-Fi Vision Pro
Nest Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Thermostat E
Question linkWhat is my enrollment incentive?

Participants will receive a $50 bill credit on their electric bill after being accepted into the program within six to eight weeks.

Question linkHow do I receive the 10% discount on my summer bills?

You will receive the 10% discount on your summer electric bill (June – September) for subsequent years that you participate in the program.

Question linkHow will I know that an event is in progress?

Depending on your thermostat provider, notifications may appear on the thermostat and/or in your web or mobile application.

Question linkHow will my thermostat be adjusted?
  • At the start of an event, your thermostat will be automatically adjusted a few degrees above the current temperature.
  • The adjustment will typically last no more than 4 hours, and will occur between 5 and 9 p.m. on non-holiday weekdays.
  • Once the adjustment event is over, your thermostat will return to its normal set point and/or schedule.
  • In some cases, your thermostat might be adjusted down prior to an event to precool your home or business.
  • You can opt out of an event at any time from your mobile device, web browser, or thermostat.
Question linkWill participating in the program negatively impact my comfort?

Thermostat adjustment events will only affect the temperature by a few degrees, with minimal impact on comfort. Your participation is voluntary.

Question linkHow do I unenroll from the Energy Wise Wi-Fi Thermostat Program?

Send an email to energywise@energyhub.com requesting to end your participation. Unenrolling from the program will end your participation and the 10% savings for all your enrolled thermostats.

Question linkWhat if I have additional questions about the program?

If you have additional questions, you can email energywise@energyhub.com.