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Summer Discount Plan
Summer heat can put a strain on electrical grids, so allow us to remotely turn off or cycle off your air conditioner (A/C) for a limited time.
How It Works
When you participate in the Summer Discount Plan, you save by voluntarily allowing us to shut down your A/C for up to 6 hours a day during “energy events” we may call during periods of high electricity demand, or emergencies. We supply and install a device on your home or central-A/C unit to remotely shut it off during energy events.
You can choose your level of participation from 4 options: Save more with our “standard” option, or choose the flexibility of our “override” option, which lets you opt out of up to 5 energy event days a year. Then decide between Maximum Savings (100% cycling) or Maximum Comfort (50% cycling.)
|Options||Maximum Savings Cycling: A/C may be shut off for up to 6 hours a day||Maximum Comfort Cycling: A/C may be shut off for 15 minutes each half hour for up to 6 hours a day|
|Standard||Save up to $200*||Save up to $100*|
|Override||Save up to $100*||Save up to $50*|
Summer Discount Plan vs.Save Power Days
Two of our most popular savings incentives are Summer Discount Plan and Save Power Days. Each offers a unique way to save energy and earn bill credits: Summer Discount Plan allows us to cycle off only your air conditioning during periods of high demand; Save Power Days gives you the option to reduce energy use during planned events by turning off or unplugging appliances. Occasionally we’ll call a Summer Discount Plan and Save Power Day event on the same day, which means you can save even more! Learn more about Save Power Days and enroll today to maximize your savings during the summer months.
Earning Bill Credits
Credits on your electricity bill will be based on your current rate, the size of your A/C, which program you choose, and how much electricity you use. Credit calculations are based on the accurate actual amperage for each air conditioner unit. The actual formula used is: Single Phase (Amps x Volts) / 1,400 + .09 = Tons.
Your Summer Discount Plan bill credits will be automatically applied to your monthly statements between June 1 and Oct. 1, starting your bill cycle after we have installed, verified, and activated the cycling device(s) on your A/C.
For further details, refer to these tariff schedules:
Schedule D (pdf)
Schedule D-SDP (pdf)
Terms & Conditions
Read our Terms & Conditions for the Summer Discount Plan.
Are You Eligible?
To be eligible to participate in the Summer Discount Plan, your central A/C system must be in good working order throughout your participation on the program. A 1-year minimum participation is required, with exceptions made under medical circumstances. If you have any rooftop air conditioners, you will not be eligible for the “override” options.
If you are a tenant, you are responsible for determining whether your property owner or manager’s approval is required for the installation and operation of the cycling device. If so, you are responsible for obtaining this approval prior to submitting your application to us.
The Summer Discount Plan is not recommended for anyone with heat-related health issues. If you receive a medical baseline allocation for air conditioning under Schedule MB-E, you would also not be eligible to participate.
Summer Discount Plan Energy Events
Summer is a time to take a load off. That’s why our Summer Discount Plan remotely shuts off your A/C during energy events. We may call an energy event in response to emergencies, overworked electrical grids, high wholesale energy prices, or as part of testing.
An energy event can happen at any time during the year, but will never last more than 6 hours a day (with the possible exception of a system emergency).
You can access information on energy events in progress at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the Summer Discount Plan? Maybe you’re wondering if all your electricity shuts off in addition to your A/C (no), or if your A/C can be turned off more than once a day (yes), or if there’s a cost to join the Summer Discount Plan (no, it’s free!). For answers to these and other questions, please see our FAQs.
*The estimated savings amounts represent the savings a resident could enjoy with a typical 4.5-ton central air conditioning unit. Savings could increase with larger units and decrease for smaller ones. Maximum credit amounts are subject to certain minimum usage requirements and vary by central air conditioner tonnage. Credits based on enrollment in program from June 1 to October 1. Enrollment after June 1 will result in prorated savings beginning from the first meter read date after your application is processed and your device is installed and activated. SCE may also cycle off your A/C for evaluation or testing purposes. The credit amounts and program options are subject to change by the California Public Utilities Commission. Customers receiving a medical baseline allocation for air conditioning under Schedule MB-E are not eligible to participate in the Summer Discount Plan. Net Energy Metering (NEM) credits received under Schedule NEM may offset in whole or in part the program credits associated with the Summer Discount Plan. Participation in the Critical Peak Pricing rate may also reduce the maximum credit amounts. Such participation is subject to change, pending CPUC decision. This information is meant as an aid to understanding SCE’s Summer Discount Plan. It does not replace the CPUC-approved tariffs. Any inconsistencies between this material and SCE’s tariffs are unintended, and the tariffs prevail. Please refer to SCE’s Tariff Books for a complete list of terms and conditions of service. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by SCE under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. ©2013 Southern California Edison. All rights reserved.
PLEASE NOTE: No authorized SCE representative will ever ask you to pay for advice on how to save money or energy through our programs.