The Reliant Degrees of Difference with Nest program offers two ways to save energy and comes with cool perks for doing so. All you need to participate is a regular thermostat or a Google Nest thermostat. Choose the option that works best for you and join today.
Allow your Google Nest thermostat to automatically adjust to conserve energy.
Join the Degrees of Difference powered by Nest Rush Hour Rewards program. You’ll be notified before a period of high electricity demand, known as an energy rush hour event, that your Google Nest thermostat will soon automatically adjust a few degrees to help you save. Energy rush hour events can last up to four hours, but you can change the temperature at any time. It’s good for your wallet, good for the local community and good for the electrical grid.
Little things do add up. For those not enrolled in Degrees of Difference with Nest, Degrees of Difference gives you bill credits for making small changes like adjusting your thermostat as little as 4 degrees during designated periods.3 Saving energy is all about the little things.
Enroll in the program to save energy while earning bill credits
Reliant will alert you during high demand periods to reduce your usage
Adjust your thermostat and turn off high-usage appliances
Receive bill credits for reducing your energy usage during high demand periods
Degrees of Difference alerts you to upcoming periods of anticipated high electricity demand so you can reduce your usage. During these high demand hours, simply adjust your thermostat and hold off on high-usage activities like running the dishwasher, washer, dryer, oven or pool pump. For making these small changes, you can earn Degrees of Difference bill credits.
1 Degrees of Difference with Nest program is not available to customers enrolled in the Reliant Pay as you Go plan, or to customers enrolled in Degrees of Difference without a Google Nest thermostat. Must be signed up on Degrees of Difference with Nest, have a Google Nest thermostat connected to Wi-Fi and be signed up for Nest Rush Hour Rewards. Enrollment in Degrees of Difference with Nest will result in the termination of any existing enrollment in the Degrees of Difference program not utilizing Rush Hour Rewards (including termination of bill credits).
2 The Degrees of Difference program is not available to customers participating in the Degrees of Difference with Nest program.
3 Reliant determines a participant's usage reduction by comparing actual kWh usage during the hours of requested reduction to the participant's typical usage for that time of day during the same time of day over the prior five weekdays. Participants with a usage reduction will receive a bill credit within two billing cycles following a reduction period (not redeemable for cash value). Program is not available to customers enrolled in the Reliant Pay as you Go plan.
Reliant reserves the right to discontinue or change these programs without notice. Limited warranty provided by Google, and except for that limited warranty, Reliant and Google make no warranties. Reliant is not affiliated with Google or the products and services it markets. Google, Nest, Google Nest Learning Thermostat, Google Nest Thermostat E and the Rush Hour Rewards are trademarks of Google LLC.
When the demand for electricity is anticipated to be high, it creates an "energy rush hour event" similar to traffic rush hours. Your Google Nest thermostat automatically adjusts the temperatures during an energy rush hour event to decrease your AC runtime. But first you must connect your Google Nest thermostat to Wi-Fi and sign up for the Nest Rush Hour Rewards program through your Nest account online or on the Nest app (“Settings” -> “Rebates and rewards”). Once you do, your Google Nest thermostat and the Nest app will display a gold gear icon when an energy rush hour event starts. You can also be notified ahead of time by changing your Nest app settings to receive alerts before an energy rush hour event happens.
During an energy rush hour event, your Google Nest thermostat will automatically adjust temperatures around each specified reduction period to save electricity while keeping you comfortable. But you can choose to change the temperature and opt out of that particular energy rush hour event at any time.
A gold gear icon and the words "RUSH HOUR" will appear on the display of your Google Nest thermostat and your Nest app when the reduction period or "energy rush hour" begins. During the energy rush hour event, your Google Nest thermostat will adjust your target temperature by no more than 4 degrees and will cycle your air conditioner or electric heater on and off to balance your comfort with your potential rewards from Reliant. You can override these automatic adjustments at any time during the energy rush hour event if you choose.
Your Google Nest thermostat will return to its regular schedule after the energy rush hour event has ended. On the day after the energy rush hour event, you can see the temperatures adjusted by your Google Nest thermostat during the event highlighted by a gold ring in Energy History from the Nest app.