Over the past 20 years, the percentage of homes with air conditioning has nearly doubled for Ohio's electric cooperatives. This means more electricity is needed during summer, which can create times of high energy demand. Electric cooperatives must provide enough electricity for these times. But at what cost?
The Cool Returns program helps control energy demand and future energy prices - but only if you participate.
What is Cool Returns?
This energy management program allows members to help reduce energy use when demand for energy is at its highest, generally on extremely hot and humid summer days.
Brief, periodic cycling of the central air conditioning system can reduce the demand for electricity during this time. And that can help keep your energy costs down.
How does it work?
When you sign up for the Cool Returns program, North Central installs (at no cost to you) a special switch on your central air conditioner, air source heat pump or ground source heat pump.
This does not control your thermostat or harm your cooling system. It simply cycles the compressor of your cooling unit for brief periods of time. Cool air continues to circulate through your home. Cycling periods are so brief that current program participants rarely experience a change in comfort.
Members will receive a $100 credit on their electric bill for installing a Cool Returns switch. After the switch has been in service for two years, a $6 per month credit will be applied to the member's bill in June, July, August and September.
Enrollment in this program is available by contacting the cooperative at 419-426-3072 / 1-800-426-3072.
Some high efficiency units may not be eligible. Contact the cooperative to find out if your unit is eligible for this program.