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Earn Bill Credits

Earn Bill Credits

Reliant Degrees of Difference gives you a bill credit when you respond to usage reduction requests. You can participate if you have a regular thermostat or a Nest Learning Thermostat™.* The bill credits work a little differently for the Nest vs. non-Nest programs, so read below for more details. Either way, you can help reduce the load on the electricity grid during periods of high demand and get a bill credit to boot.

Degrees of Difference

Little things do add up. Degrees of Difference gives you bill credits for making small changes like adjusting your thermostat as little as 4 degrees during designated periods. Saving energy is all about the little things.

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How it helps

  • Receive a Degrees of Difference bill credit of $0.60 per kWh for using less electricity than normal during specified reduction periods.*
  • Get the satisfaction of knowing you've done your part to help the community by reducing demand on the electric grid.
  • Contribute to a better environment through collective usage reduction.

If 325,000 Reliant residential customers participated in a voluntary, high demand event representing a 33% reduction in electricity usage, it would be the equivalent of adding enough capacity back to the grid to power 100,000 homes for the duration of the event.

How it works

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.

How to get it

Sign up for the Degrees of Difference program today.

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Terms, conditions and other restrictions
*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. Program is not available to customers enrolled in the Reliant SmartStart Plan®.

Degrees of Difference with Nest

With Reliant Degrees of Difference with Nest, you earn a $5.00 bill credit each month you participate from May through October, simply by reducing your electricity usage during periods of high electricity demand.* It's good for your wallet, the local community and the environment.

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How it helps

  • Receive a Degrees of Difference bill credit of $5.00 each month you're on the program from May through October — a total of $30 in bill credits annually.
  • Enjoy Rush Hour Rewards, which automatically tweaks temperatures around each energy rush hour to help you earn more.
  • Experience the satisfaction of knowing you've done your part to help the community by reducing demand on the electric grid.
  • Contribute to a better environment through collective usage reduction.

How it works

Degrees of Difference with Nest gives you bill credits for reducing your electricity usage during energy rush hours. During an energy rush hour, your Nest Learning Thermostat™ will automatically adjust your temperature no more than three degrees to save you energy while keeping you comfortable. Energy rush hours won't last more than 30 minutes, and you can change the temperature at any time. For making these small changes, you earn a $5.00 Degrees of Difference bill credit each month from May through October.

How to get it

  1. Sign up for the Degrees of Difference with Nest program.
  2. Connect your Nest Thermostat to Wi-Fi.
  3. Sign up for Nest Rush Hour Rewards at nest.com/energy-partners/reliant.

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Terms, conditions and other restrictions

*Must be signed up on Degrees of Difference with Nest, have the Nest Learning Thermostat™ connected to Wi-Fi and signed up for Nest Rush Hour Rewards. Program is not available to customers enrolled in the Reliant SmartStart Plan® or the Reliant SmartStart Plan® 12. Nest® and Nest Learning Thermostat™ are trademarks or service marks of Google, Inc.

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