MidAmerican Energy's EnergyAdvantage® SummerSaver program allows you to do your part to save energy by allowing us to control the operation of your home air conditioner when the demand for electricity is highest. By reducing peak demand, we're able to provide energy more efficiently and reliably.
Single-family owner-occupied homes in South Dakota with a central air conditioning unit or air-source heat pump may be eligible.
Here's How it Works
MidAmerican Energy installs a small cycling device on the siding or your home near the central air conditioning unit. From
June 1 to Sept. 30, the device will, on peak usage days, govern the degree to which your air conditioning operates.
When cycling is necessary, air conditioners are cycled between approximately 2 and 7 p.m., but never on weekends or
holidays. Randomized programming is used to vary the cycling starting time across our service territory,
so the actual start time for each device varies between 2 and 2:30 p.m. and the corresponding end time is between 7
and 7:30 p.m. The cycling device does not control the indoor air conditioner blower fan, so previously cooled air
continues to circulate during cycling periods.
As a SummerSaver participant, you will receive a $40 end-of-season incentive the first year and a $30 incentive in
following years, if you participate the entire cycling season. If participation ends during the four-month period,
MidAmerican Energy will prorate your incentive accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions About the SummerSaver Program
Will I be charged for joining the SummerSaver program?
- No. The cycling device is mounted on your house and connected to your air conditioner at no cost to you. An outside disconnect switch is required. This also will be installed at no charge.
What do SummerSaver members have to say about the program?
- Most participants say they do not notice when cycling occurs. Your home's insulation level, directional orientation and shade tree coverage are factors that influence cycling's affect on in-home temperatures. Some homes may experience an in-home temperature increase of 3 to 5 degrees during cycling.
How do I receive my incentive for participating in the SummerSaver program?
- Your end-of-season incentive will be credited to your October or November energy bill. One incentive credit is available per household, regardless of the number of air conditioners cycled.
MidAmerican Energy continues to expand the geographic reach of the SummerSaver program. A list of South Dakota SummerSaver communities includes: Alcester, Dakota Dunes, Fairview, Hudson, Jefferson and North Sioux City. Geographic and equipment availability, minimum summer usage and other restrictions may apply.
Read our SummerSaver brochure
to learn more about the program. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your hard drive to view PDF files. Download a free copy by visiting the Adobe Download Site
Caution: SummerSaver is not recommended for households with occupants who have health problems such as asthma, heart disease or respiratory conditions.
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