Energy Efficiency Programs
Efficiency Smart Program
The City's Efficiency Smart Program helps customers lower their electric bill through energy efficiency and guides them to savings through financial incentives and expert advice. Residents along with business and industrial customers have derived benefits from this innovative and helpful program.
Residential Customer Links
- Online Savings: Get instant discounts on energy efficient products
- Electric Bill Advice: Receive free advice on reducing your energy use to lower your electric bill
- Home Energy Rebates: Get money back for purchasing qualifying efficient products
- Online Home Energy Assessment: Complete a free online assessment to identify ways to save energy in your home
- Electric Usage Monitor: Borrow a device for free to measure how much energy household items use
Business Customer Links
- Small Business Solutions: Receive energy efficiency services and rebates tailored to the needs of your small business
- Large Business Solutions: Receive expert technical assistance and financial incentives customized for your large business
The Harris ACE platform provides utilities and their customers data-driven tools that enable customers with personalized and actionable solutions that heighten energy cost awareness and promote energy and water efficiency.
The program also allows customers to review a current bill summary with usages broken down by electric, water and sewer, view a projection of their next bill, and look at past bills in the bill history. Energy or water usage can be compared with temperature data to see how usage changes daily or during the winter and summer months.
Find more information on the Utility Insights page.
Community Energy Savings: Smart Thermostat Program
The City of Bowling Green is participating in the Community Energy Savings: Smart Thermostat Program, a voluntary program designed to help reduce electric costs. The cost of some electric expenses, like transmission, are based on the periods of highest energy consumption. Reducing the demand for electricity during those peak periods translates into lower costs for everyone in the community. You can help lower electric expenses for yourself and your neighbors by enrolling your smart thermostat in this program and allowing Bowling Green Municipal Utilities to make brief, small adjustments to your thermostat during times of high electric demand.
If you do not currently have a smart thermostat, Bowling Green electric customers can receive up to a $100 rebate from Efficiency Smart® to purchase a qualifying smart thermostat. Please verify your new smart thermostat is eligible for both the Efficiency Smart rebate and the Smart Thermostat Program to take advantage of both.
Here’s how the Smart Thermostat Program works:
- If you don’t currently have a smart thermostat, purchase, and install one. Check eligible smart thermostats at the links above.
- Enroll your smart thermostat.
- Receive a $55 e-gift card after you’ve successfully enrolled and been verified to participate in the program.
- Bowling Green Municipal Utilities may call brief, limited events where your thermostat is automatically adjusted. This will only occur from May 1 through Sept. 30 on non-holiday weekday afternoons. Thermostats will be adjusted up no more than four degrees above the current temperature setting for fewer than four hours during times of high energy demand. Thermostats may be adjusted down three degrees to pre-cool your home prior to the event.
- You can conveniently opt out of an event by changing your thermostat settings. If you don’t opt out of the event, your thermostat will return to its normal setting.
- Maintain your enrollment in the program and you will be entered for a chance to win a $250 e-gift card at the end of each summer season.
By enrolling in the Community Energy Savings program, you are helping to decrease the demand for electricity during times of peak usage, lowering not only your energy costs, but the costs for everyone in your community.
Home Energy Programs
Additional energy efficiency resources are available: Energy Star's Home Energy Yardstick and the Department of Energy's Home Energy Saver Tool. These tools can help assess your home's annual energy use and provide recommendations on increasing efficiency.