Two Options that Reduce Peak Demand and Lower Your Bill! - Carolina Country
February 2022

These demand control options help you shift your usage from times of peak demand, which 1) reduces your energy bill and 2) controls wholesale power costs, which 3) helps keep rates as low as possible.

Bring Your Own Thermostat

If you have or are considering getting a smart thermostat, we have a program designed just for you! Bring Your Own Thermostat offers you a $50 bill credit when you enroll your thermostat, and a $4 monthly credit each month. Enrolling allows BEMC to make brief changes to your HVAC setting by three degrees on a limited number of peak demand periods, which typically occur on the hottest days of summer and coldest days of winter.

Time-of-Use Rate Option

The Time-of-Use (TOU) rate option offers you a lower rate for electricity when demand on our system is low, balanced with a higher rate when demand on our system is high. You save money by shifting your energy consumption to times when demand on our system is low. By avoiding using high-wattage appliances and adjusting your thermostat during the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays in the winter, and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays in the summer, you’ll lower your bill. That’s because you’ll pay a lower rate than our standard rate all other times, and a much lower rate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. all year-round. We recommend installing a timer on your water heater and adding a programmable thermostat to your HVAC system to maximize success with this rate option. Please note these options cannot be used in combination.

Enroll today

For more information on these options visit the Connect to Save and Time of Use pages on or call (800) 842-5871 with questions and to enroll.

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