The PeakRewardsSM Electric Water Heater program is designed to help ease the "peak" demand for electricity. Peak demand typically occurs on weekdays between 6 am and 9 am and 6 pm and 9 pm during the winter and between noon and 8 pm during the summer. The PeakRewards program is a part of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®, which helps conserve energy, save you money, and protects the environment. By joining the PeakRewards Electric Water Heater program, you will receive between $25 to $50 in bill credits (November through February). With PeakRewards, saving energy and money is not only smart, it's easy.


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How does it work?

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As a PeakRewards customer with an electric water heater, you agree to have a switch installed that will enable BGE to turn off electricity to your water heater during designated periods of peak electric demand. This is called cycling. Cycling reduces the peak demand for electricity, helps to maintain reliable electric service and keeps down the cost of electricity.

Electric Water Heater Program Cycling Overview
How Does Cycling Affect You? Customer Benefit
During an electric water heater cycling event, your water heater will not produce any additional hot water for the duration of the event.

The water in the tank at the start of the event should remain warm and available to use. However, additional water that refills the tank will not be heated until after the event ends.
You receive:
  • $25 in annual credits - $6.25 for each of the four winter months
  • $25** in first year bonus credits - $6.25 for each of the four winter months.

**A customer moving into a home with an existing PeakRewards device will receive ongoing bill credits, if they continue to participate in the program, but will not receive the first-year matching bonus. The first-year matching bonus credits are only intended for the initial customer enrollment and device installation.

What are the benefits?

Savings. You will receive $25 in annual BGE bill credits, paid in four equal monthly installments of $6.25 from November through February. You'll also receive matching first-year bonus credits, doubling your credits during the first year after installation.

More savings. Enroll in the PeakRewards Air Conditioning & Electric Water Heater programs and receive eight months of bill credits. Plus, receive matching bonus credits for your first year of participation for a savings of up to $250!

Installation. A PeakRewards electric water heater switch will be professionally installed in your home at no additional cost to you.

Stay Connected. Sign up to receive notification texts and emails at the start and end of every cycling event.

Choose to be part of the solution.
By participating in PeakRewards, you are taking a smart and easy step to:

  • Ease the burden on our existing electricity delivery system and reduce the need for additional power plants
  • Protect our environment by lowering power plant emissions to reduce our carbon footprint
  • Take advantage of energy-saving solutions brought to you by EmPOWER Maryland
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  • $25 in total monthly bill credits
  • $25 matching bonus for your first year of participation
  • Credits are paid in November, December, January and February. If you participate in the PeakRewards air conditioning program, you’ll get bill credits eight months a year!

Cycling may occur year-round

  • Summer cycling - will typically occur between noon to 8 pm during periods of peak demand.
  • Winter cycling - will typically occur between the hours of 6 am to 9 am or 6 pm to 9 pm
  • No overrides

The first-year matching bonus credits are only intended for the initial customer enrollment and device installation.

How do I sign up?

The PeakRewards Electric Water Heater program is now available in certain areas. Contact the PeakRewards hotline for information at 1.888.309.PEAK (7325).

Please note, your local county may require an inspection of your water heater device after it is installed.