Lower Your Energy Bill and Help us Keep Rates as Low as Possible! - Carolina Country
July 2022

Bring Your Own Thermostat

Brunswick Electric’s Bring Your Own Thermostat program offers you a $50 bill credit when you enroll your smart thermostat, and a $4 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 helps us control wholesale power costs.

Member Jim Falotico says, “We enrolled at the end of 2021, and it’s really been painless. I like the fact that we receive emails ahead of time letting us know when our setting will be adjusted, and it’s nice knowing we’re doing our part to lower peak demand.”

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’ll lower your bill by shifting your energy usage away from peak times, 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.

Member Jim Claypool says, “In my first month with the Time-of-Use rate option I saved over 25% on my electric bill. It’s an excellent rate option, and I like knowing it helps to better manage costs for the benefit of all members.”

Another way to keep rates down

Brunswick Electric issues Beat the Peak alerts when we expect peak demand, which in the summer is usually from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. We ask you to voluntarily limit energy usage then because together, we can reduce our wholesale power rate by lowering peak demand. By participating you can help us avoid or reduce future rate increases.

Learn about Beat the Peak

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