Peak Time Rebate Program

About the Program

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


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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

In order to participate you must:

  1. Be a Flathead Electric Cooperative member in the Flathead or Lincoln County service areas and be a residential or small business customer.
  2. Have at least one electric water heater located in your primary residence or place of business.

Renters may participate, but must provide a landlord agreement form signed by their landlord.

Participation is free and voluntary. Simply fill out and return the sign-up form. If you are eligible to participate, we will schedule a time to come to your home to install a free Electric Water Heater Demand Response Unit (DRU). This unit, a small box installed next to your current electric water heater, will turn off the water heater automatically for up to three hours during peak demand time periods to reduce demands on the system. With the average hot water reserve capacity and insulation of today’s hot water heaters, participants in the program typically don’t ever notice that they have the unit installed.

Flathead Electric Cooperative will provide a $4 monthly participation credit for each month you are in the program. You may have one unit for each electric water heater in the location (if you have 2 water heaters and install units on both, you will get an $8 monthly credit).

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 absolutely free to our members.

Flathead Electric tries not to turn off water heaters on Saturdays, and will never turn them off on Sundays or on a major holiday such as Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, etc. The summer (June-September) peak demand periods typically occur weekdays between 1 and 10 PM, and the winter (October-May) weekdays between 7 and 11 AM, and between 4 and 8 PM. Water heaters are not turned off during all peak hours, in fact they are typically shut off an average of only twice per week, typically not more than once per day, and typically not for more than three hours.

Yes. You may have one DRU unit and monthly credit for each electric water heater in the location. For example, if you have 2 water heaters and install units on both, you will get an $8 monthly credit.

Electrical peak demand is the greatest amount of electrical power that Flathead Electric Cooperative must supply to all its customers at any given time, in any one month. During peak demand times, Flathead Electric pays higher rates. If we can lower our peak we save money and we pass those savings on to the program participants.

Our peak demand periods typically occur during stretches of high and low temperatures (when it’s really cold in the winter and when it’s really hot in the summer). The demand for electricity during the winter is substantially greater than summer because of the need for electric heat. During the summer the largest contributor to peak demand is air conditioning. Peak times also typically happen during weekdays when members are getting ready to go to work or school.

A Demand Response Unit or DRU is a small box installed near the electric water heater. Flathead will utilize the DRU to turn off the water heater at the beginning of the demand peak periods and back on when it’s over.

Yes, during peak demand periods, members can choose to use energy efficient setting such as using the air-dry mode on a dishwasher, lowering the temperature setting on the clothes washer/dryer, or running appliances during off peak hours.

Members can also help by reducing heat temperature by 2 to 3 degrees in the winter months or raising air-conditioner settings by 2 to 3 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.

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