Peak Time Rebate Program

About the Program

Do you have an electric water heater? Saving $48 is as easy as 1, 2, 3…


Click or Call

Complete the form below or call 406-751-1834 to sign up for the Peak Time Rebate Program.


We Install

A device on your water heater that helps reduce your energy demand and costs by turning it off for a short time during periods of peak demand.


You Save

$48 per year when we pass that savings onto you via an automatic $4 per month bill credit.

For additional information or assistance, read our FAQs, call 406-751-1834 or email us.

Peak Time Rebate Program FAQs

Electrical peak demand is the greatest amount of electricity Flathead Electric Cooperative must supply to all its members at any single point during the course of one month.

If you are eligible to participate, Flathead Electric will schedule a time to come to your home to install a free Electric Water Heater Demand Response Unit (DRU). This is a small box installed near the electric water heater. Flathead Electric Co-op will utilize the DRU to turn off the water heater at demand peak periods. You will be provided a $4 monthly participation credit for each month you are in the program.

In order to participate you must:

  1. Be a residential or small business member of Flathead Electric Cooperative.
  2. Have at least one electric water heater located in your primary residence or place of business.

(Renters may participate, but must provide an agreement form signed by their landlord.)

With today’s well insulated hot water heaters, it’s unlikely that you will ever even notice that you have the DRU unit installed.

No – participation in the program is voluntary and free to our members.

Water heaters are typically shut off during peak demand periods which are from 7am to 10am on weekdays in the cooler months (September through mid-June) and 5pm to 8pm weekdays in the summer (mid-June through September), usually once per day, for less than three hours.

Flathead Electric will never turn them off on Sundays or on a major holiday such as Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, etc.

Yes, you may receive a $4 credit for each participating water heater.

Yes, members can:

  • Choose to use energy efficient settings such as using the air-dry mode on a dishwasher.
  • Lower the temperature setting on the clothes washer/dryer.
  • Run appliances during off-peak hours.
  • Reduce heat temperature by two to three degrees in the winter months or raise air-conditioner settings by two to three degrees in the summer months. (However, at no time should members adjust their heating or cooling settings to a point that could create risk to the health of members or their household.)

Simply fill out the sign-up form below.

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