Load Management Switches
The radio-controlled switch (RCS) is an essential part of the load management program. Whenever there is a risk of reaching a new peak, the RCS attached to the applicable appliances are activated, temporarily interrupting electricity.
Water Heater Radio-Controlled Switch
A radio-controlled switch (RCS) is a device that is installed on electric water heaters to help reduce our peak electric load during times of high electric use. When the cooperative is notified that the demand for electricity is reaching an all-time high, a Peak Alert is issued and a signal is sent to the radio-controlled switch, which turns off the heating elements for a period of time. Today's energy efficient water heaters are capable of holding heat for extended periods of time, so the elements can be off for a period with little or no inconvenience.
This program has resulted in significant savings to the cooperative and the members. Members receive a $1 monthly credit for having a RCS installed on their electric water heater.
A RCS wired to a water heater is typically located on the breaker panel or directly on the water heater.
Cool Returns A / C Radio-Controlled Switch
A Cool Returns switch is a radio-controlled switch (RCS) that is installed on an air conditioner, heat pump, or geothermal system to help reduce our peak electric load during times of high electric use. When the cooperative is notified that the demand for electricity is reaching an all-time high, a Peak Alert is issued and a signal is sent to the radio-controlled switch, which cycles the air conditioner's compressor off for 8 to 12 minutes each half hour. The air conditioner’s fan continues to operate during this period so comfort in the home is maintained. The Cool Returns switch operates similar to how a thermostat cycles the compressor off and on when it reaches a set temperature. This does not control your thermostat or harm your cooling system.
This program has resulted in significant savings to the cooperative and members. Members receive a $50 bill credit when a Cool Returns switch is installed on their air conditioning system.* Members also receive a $5 monthly credit (June-September) once the switch is installed. Window air conditioning units are not eligible. *2 year minimum contract
A Cool Returns switch is typically located next to the air conditioning system.
What do the RCS display lights mean?
There is a green light on the RCS which should always be on to indicate there is power to the RCS. The green light may be solid or blinking, both mean the unit has power. When switches are activated, a red light illuminates on the RCS. Both green & red lights will be on during a peak. If neither light is illuminated, there is insufficient power to the device. Check the breaker to the appliance.