H20 Plus Program - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the H2O Plus program?H2O Plus is an innovative program that puts technology to work to save energy. Cycling the water heaters of participating members throughout our service territory helps reduce the demand for electricity during hours of peak energy usage.
What are the benefits of H2O Plus?By managing energy usage when demand is high (when you and your neighbors are using the most electricity), our supplier can reduce demand during those times when energy is most expensive. This can also result in a reduction of greenhouse gases, which will have a positive impact on our environment.
So will I see a savings on my power bill if I participate?
The impact per consumer is small, so you really won’t notice a difference on your power bill. But with thousands of people enrolled across the region, H2O Plus can help us avoid purchasing power during those times when it's most expensive.
How does the program work?Our power supplier sends a signal to a device connected to your water heater. This signal instructs the device to cycle your unit, powering down the heating elements for a short period of time (usually between two and four hours) and bringing them back up in time to ensure you have adequate hot water to complete your typical household chores.
Will I run out of hot water?You should have plenty of hot water in your tank to handle your showers, chores and other household tasks. You should notice no difference in the amount of hot water available to you after enrolling in the H2O Plus program.
Will I have to buy a new water heater to participate?Chances are, your existing water heater can be retrofitted with our cycling device. When you sign up for the H2O Plus program, we’ll send a certified electrician to your home, at no cost to you, to install the device on your water heater.
I’m building a new home. Where do I find a water heater with this cycling device?Since the device is a separate unit from your water heater, it can easily be installed at your home. When you enroll in the H2O Plus program, we will send a licensed electrician to your home to ensure the device is properly installed. Contact GCEC and enroll in the H2O Plus program.
How often will you cycle my water heater?The H2O Plus program helps reduce the effects of high demand on our generation system, so we will normally cycle your water heater during hours of peak power usage when demand is at its highest (and when electricity is most expensive). Typically, our peaks occur between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.
Why is Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative promoting a program that will help it sell less electricity?GCEC is a cooperative, and that means we have a real concern for the communities we serve. H2O Plus will help manage the peak demand for power, which is more expensive during those times when you and your neighbors are using the most electricity.
So how do I participate in H2O Plus?Participation is simple. Call GCEC, and we’ll walk you through the steps to enroll in H2O Plus. It will cost you absolutely nothing to participate. In fact, we will credit $25 to your bill for your participation!