Save $120 on your OPPD Bill

It took me a few minutes to save $100 dollars on my electric bill this month:
1. I signed up for the NEST OPPD program
2. Within a week, I saw a $100 credit on my OPPD bill
3. I will get another 20 dollars at the end of summer

 

A few months ago, I installed the NEST E thermostat (the cheapest one). It took some DIY skills since I did not want to pay for installation. It has been one of my favorite purchases in the last couple of years. I can probably say the NEST thermostat has increased my happiness since I no longer throw a fit when I come home to find out my wife left the air conditioning full power all day while she was at the zoo with the kids.

I set it up so that it turns off while both my wife and I are not home. There are plenty of other fancy features, of which I really use none. For example, the thermostat learns from your usual habits. Unfortunately, in my house the usual is that I try to always save (turn it up during summer above 80 degrees) and down during winter (below 65) while my wife likes to live in between 74 and 76 degrees year-round (like normal people). We would just drive the thermostat crazy.

There is an offer up to September 2, 2018, for a mini- NEST E bundle for 169.

If you were already thinking about buying it then you can look at it costing only 50 bucks if you use the OPPD deal. However, if you are a lucky person like me and already have it in your house, then spend 5 minutes signing up and cash in on the $120 dollars. Happy savings!

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Hey Sharp Scalpel –

    When we had geothermal installed several years ago, I was told that unless you are going to be gone many days at a time it is not cost effective to adjust the temperature on your thermostat. He said the research showed that when you raise/lower the temperature in your house you are also having to heat/cool not only the house but the house itself and every single item in the house. This change in temperature causes the HVAC system to have to work overtime to catch up and as a result any savings are lost. This research was done on a regular programmable thermostat and not a nest – so perhaps not apples apples comparison? Regardless, this is the reason I have not purchased a programmable thermostat.

  2. The following excerpt is from this article about common heating and cooling myths: https://www.google.com/amp/www.chicagotribune.com/business/sc-cons-1113-karpspend-20141107-column,amp.html
    “Leave it up. Another common refrain is that it’s cheaper to keep your home at a constant temperature, even when you’re not home. “Almost never true,” Sherman said, noting again that homes with heat pumps can be an exception. “If the system is running less, it means it’s using less energy,” he said. Says the U.S. Department of Energy on energy.gov, “You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home.” Figure you save up to 1 percent per year on your heating bill for each degree you set back the thermostat for eight hours, such as when you’re sleeping or at work. A 10-degree drop could be 10 percent savings”….

  3. Alright Mr. Scalpel –

    I did some research and seems likely that the information I was given was either incorrect/outdated or possibly only applies to heat pumps (still not sure about that one).

    Anyway, I picked up a Nest Thermostat E. Total with tax was $182. Minus $120 oppd credit = $62. It also came with a free google home mini which I don’t want, so will sell that on ebay for $25. Got my total cost down to $37. Not bad!

    So far it’s pretty good. I will say though, on the really hot days it kicked my temperature up (part of the rebate program) which took my house to 80 degrees. That was not very pleasant, but willing to deal with it temporarily for $120.

    I give this deal a big thumbs up!

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