Demand Response Programs for Homes



Earning Incentives with Demand Response Programs

Demand Response (DR) programs can help you save energy and money. DR programs provide incentives for reducing electricity use when the electricity demand is high. Learn how Demand Response programs contribute to a clean energy future and the impact these programs can make during emergencies.

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Why Participate in Demand Response?



The cleanest, most sustainable energy is the energy we never use.

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By reducing energy use during critical times, you’re doing much more than earning rewards and saving money. You’re helping to ensure that power stays on for everyone, particularly during emergencies, making a real difference for your community.

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How It Works

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When it’s hot the demand for energy increases.

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We notify you to reduce electricity.
 

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You reduce usage or permit us to reduce it for you.

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You receive compensation for helping us.

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How We Notify You


Our free Demand, Response Alerts app ensures you’ll receive courtesy notifications about upcoming DR events straight to your smartphone. Visit our app information page to sign up for alerts and never miss a savings opportunity. 

Or download the free app directly.

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Our Residential Demand Response Programs



Maximize your energy savings while preserving and protecting power for everyone. Choose the DR program that fits your needs.

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Summer Discount Plan

  • Earn up to $160 in summer bill credits.
  •  Requires central A/C system to qualify. 
  • SCE automatically cycles your A/C off and on during SDP events to conserve electricity in exchange for bill credits. 
  • Enrolling in an "override" program option allows you to opt out of up to 5 SDP events per year. 
  • You’ll earn monthly bill credits from June 1 through Sept. 30.
  • Read the Summer Discount Plan Terms & Conditions, & Disclaimer.
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Smart Energy Program

  • Earn a one-time $75 sign-up credit and up to $40 in annual bill credits when maintaining enrollment from June 1 through Sept. 30. 
  • Requires qualifying smart thermostat with central A/C system. 
  • SCE automatically adjusts your smart thermostat by up to four degrees during SEP events to save energy. 
  • You may override events at any time by re-adjusting the temperature on the thermostat. 
  • Read the Smart Energy Program Terms & Conditions, & Disclaimer.
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SmartShift Rewards

  • Connect your heat pump water heater or electric resistance water heater and receive a $50 enrollment reward, plus earn $5 per month for every month you participate.​
  • Earn rewards year-round.​
  • Heat pump water heaters require a thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) and WiFi connectivity.​
  • Electric resistance water heaters require WiFi connectivity (an external communication device can be provided free of charge).​
  • You can opt-out of participation at any time.​ Read the SmartShift Rewards Program Terms and Conditions.
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Power Saver Rewards Program

  • Earn an average of $20 in bill credits yearly. 
  • Reduce electricity use during PSR program events between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., May 1 through Oct. 31. 
  • Bill credits are awarded at the start of each year. 
  • No penalty for not participating in PSR program events; the more you save the more you earn.
  • Read the Power Saver Rewards Program Terms and Conditions.

Disclaimer: Incentives are based on typical customer program savings and may vary based on actual load reduction during Power Saver Rewards event(s) and the actual number of events. The Power Saver Rewards program is funded by Southern California Edison customers and administered by Southern California Edison, as ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission.

$20 per summer season assumes 0.5 kW per hour x 5 hours/event = 2.5 kWh/event x $1/kWh = $2.50/event x 8 events per season (based upon the number of Flex Alerts in 2021) = $20 each Power Saver Rewards summer season.

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Eligibility and Benefits Comparison
 

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Use of Circuit Breakers During DR Events


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Since safety is SCE’s number one priority, SCE will never advise its customers to participate in Demand Response events by turning on and off electricity at their circuit breakers. Most residential circuit breakers are not designed to work as on/off switches during DR events, and improper and frequent use may lead to hazardous conditions or damage to your electronic equipment and appliances. SCE does not recommend this practice for Demand Response. If you do flip your circuit breaker on or off for any reason, SCE recommends you exercise the appropriate precautions, which include but are not limited to:

  1. Wearing and using protective gear to protect against arc flashing; 
  2. Turning equipment off before turning the circuits back on to avoid damage or excessive wear; 
  3. Checking with the panel manufacturer to confirm whether the panel is designed for this type of use; and 
  4. Ensuring circuits do not support medical devices, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and other critical or safety-related equipment and devices. 
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Additional Savings Programs



The following third parties also supply DR services to help you manage and lower home energy use.*

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Easily participate in demand response using your smart thermostats, smart plugs, lighting, EVs, batteries, or any of your devices. Save energy and receive payments throughout the year with AutoGrid's patented technology.

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EnergyHub’s programs enable and incentivize customers to use their internet-connected thermostats, water heaters, EVs, and other connected products to save energy at times of peak demand.

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Specializing in Demand Response aggregation and AutoDR, we work with restaurants, retailers, schools, cities, and water operators, along with commercial and industrial customers of all sizes, to leverage every kW possible.

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Leap makes it easy for smart energy technologies to generate revenue by supporting the grid. Our software platform provides fast, automated access to energy markets for the providers of smart thermostats, battery storage systems, electric vehicle chargers, and other grid-interactive energy devices so they can participate in demand response and other grid services programs. 

www.leap.energy

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Join hundreds of thousands of Californians saving on their electric bill and getting paid to save energy, in as little as just one hour per week. OhmConnect will notify you when electricity prices spike in your neighborhood and if you can power down, you earn!

www.ohmconnect.com

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Stem’s unique artificial intelligence for energy storage, Athena™, delivers the benefits of DR without disruption by automatically responding to events and shifting energy use away from the most expensive times. As a member of Stem’s LCR network, achieve real-time energy optimization with heavily discounted service rates, guaranteed cost savings, and no capital outlay.

www.stem.com

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*SCE displays links to websites or electronic services sponsored by third parties. SCE is not responsible for the content or operation of third-party websites or electronic services reached by the virtue of such links or content, and the presence of such links or content does not imply that SCE endorses or is affiliated with such third-party websites, services, or third parties, or any services or products they offer. The third parties, and not SCE, are solely responsible for any advertisements, opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, data, information, content, or other materials that such third parties express or make available, including the description of third-party services on this SCE page.

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