JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is looking for five residential customers to partake in a water heating study where they could receive a free water heater.
BPU officials say the new water heaters are demand response-enabled, meaning that the heating elements can be turned down or off during periods of high electric demand in BPU electric territory.
Participants must have wireless internet in order to be eligible for the study so that BPU crews can control the heaters remotely.
The water heaters are used in other parts of the country as a way for customers to save on energy bills while allowing utilities to reduce electric load during periods of high-power usage in their communities.
To qualify for the program, participants must be BPU residential electric customers who currently operate their water heaters with electricity. In addition, participants must have WIFI in their homes and agree to maintain WIFI service for a minimum of two years.
Those interested in learning more or signing up for the program are asked to contact the BPU’s Energy Efficiency Coordinator Dan Reynolds at DReynolds@JamestownBPU.com or call (716) 661-1646. Reynolds will ask a series of questions to see if customers are eligible for the program.
The Residential Water Heating Demand Response Pilot Program is sponsored by the New York Power Authority.
BPU officials hope to have the program in progress by the end of September.