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Nest thermostats learn what temperatures you like so they can keep you comfortable and help you save energy. With Rush Hour Rewards, you can get rewarded for using less energy when everyone else is using more. And your Nest thermostat can do it automatically.

The Consumers Energy Smart Thermostat Program will give you a $75 Prepaid Mastercard® for signing up for Rush Hour Rewards. And for each season you stay enrolled, you’ll receive an additional $25 Prepaid Mastercard.

You need to be a Consumers Energy customer with central air conditioning to participate.

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Program Details

Consumers Energy will give you a $75 Prepaid Mastercard for signing up for Rush Hour Rewards. Plus, you’ll receive an additional $25 Prepaid Mastercard for each season that you stay enrolled.

  • Customers who receive electric service from Consumers Energy may be eligible to participate in the summer season. There will be a maximum of 14 rush hour events each summer, and each rush hour event will be no longer than 4 hours. Energy rush hours will start in May and end in September.
  • Energy rush hours will occur on non-holiday weekdays and weekends between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. in the summer.
  • You’ll only get one rush hour event a day, and there will never be more than 3 rush hour events in a week.
  • In the unlikely situation of a critical need on the electric grid, Consumers Energy may need to call a critical rush hour event. Critical rush hour events can occur between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays between June and September.
  • To participate, you need to be a Consumers Energy electric or combo customer (electric and natural gas) with an individual, dedicated central air conditioner or an air-source heat pump that is not shared between building units; does not participate in a disqualifying Consumers Energy rate or program.
  • Residential customers who have already received instant rebates by enrolling in the Smart Thermostat Program upon purchase of a new Nest thermostat from the Consumers Energy Store are not eligible for the $75 Prepaid Mastercard upon enrollment.
  • As a Consumers Energy customer, you also agree to the Consumers Energy Terms and Conditions for the Smart Thermostat Program.

Here's how it works:

Rush hour events happen when there’s unusually high demand on the grid. During these events, your Nest thermostat will adjust your home’s temperature by up to 4 degrees, helping you to use less energy. If you start to feel uncomfortable, you can stop participating at any time by changing the temperature. 

Learn more about Rush Hour Rewards.

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