How to enroll
Enrolling is simple. If you already own an eligible thermostat, you may have received a notification from your thermostat manufacturer asking you to enroll in ConnectedSolutions. You can also enroll by following these steps:
Demand response programs offer customers financial incentives for conserving electricity during periods of peak demand, thus helping to stabilize the electric grid and lowering electricity prices. Much like any industry, electricity is all about supply and demand. When demand is high, power plants must work to increase the electricity supply by using costly generators, thus stressing the grid and increasing prices for consumers. If demand is reduced, there is no need to stress the grid, increase the supply, or increase prices.
The ConnectedSolutions smart thermostat DR program helps save in many ways:
Gain access to rewards from your local energy provider for both enrollment and participation in the program
Whether you are a homeowner or renter, earn a $50 enrollment incentive and a $20 annual incentive for every Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat enrolled.
Connecting qualified thermostats to the ConnectedSolutions program enables your Mass Save sponsor to make small adjustments to your energy use during times of peak demand, while rewarding you for helping reduce demand on the electric grid on hot summer days when electricity use is at its highest.
The Sponsors of Mass Save have made it easy for you to conserve energy at these peak times— and earn incentives for doing your part. If you enroll your thermostat in ConnectedSolutions, your energy provider will automatically send a signal to your thermostat to precool your home before a peak demand event, and then increase your thermostat setting by no more than 4 °F during peak demand.
Participants agree to brief, limited adjustments of their thermostats during periods of peak electric demand between June 1 and September 30. You can anticipate at least one adjustment, and likely no more than 20 adjustments per summer. Peak demand periods typically occur on especially hot days.
You will maintain control of your thermostat and you can opt out of a peak event at any time by changing your thermostat setting.
ConnectedSolutions is available to residential electric customers of Eversource, National Grid, Unitil, and Cape Light Compact.
To participate in the ConnectedSolutions program, your thermostat MUST be connected to a central air conditioner, defined as:
There are many options for purchasing a smart, Wi-Fi thermostat that is supported by the DR program.
The following brands are supported: