Smart Thermostat Savings

Energy Wise Rewards

About Energy Wise Rewards

When you participate in Energy Wise Rewards, you help prevent energy shortages and power interruptions, and you protect the environment by reducing emissions from power plants.

During peak demand times, generally June through September, Energy Wise Rewards works to reduce electricity use by initiating conservation periods for participating central air conditioners and heat pumps. This decreases the region’s demand for electricity and averts power outages. The air conditioner fan continues to circulate cooled air throughout your home keeping everyone comfortable.

As a participant in Energy Wise Rewards, you’ll receive $40 in bill credits, per device, each year you participate. There is no cost and participation is voluntary. Participating in Energy Wise Rewards benefits you, your community, and our environment.

Already an Energy Wise Rewards Participant, But Want a Smart Thermostat?

Current Energy Wise Rewards participants who would like to transition from an Energy Wise Rewards thermostat to a smart thermostat can still participate in the program! Please contact us so your Energy Wise Rewards thermostat can be collected. Then, install your eligible smart thermostat and enroll in Energy Wise Rewards via the Connected Savings portal.

If you have an Energy Wise Rewards outdoor switch and are participating in the program, you should not enroll your smart thermostat in Energy Wise Rewards. You can continue to participate in Energy Wise Rewards via your outdoor switch and enroll your smart thermostat in Thermostat Optimization.

How to Opt-Out of a Peak Savings Day Event

You can opt out of a Peak Savings Day by adjusting the temperature setpoint on the smart thermostat or within its mobile app. Adjusting the thermostat's temperature will override the Peak Savings Day thermostat settings. It's as simple as that.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible Smart Thermostats

Terms & Conditions



EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. To learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate, click here.