What is Ready, Set, Relax?
Ready, Set, Relax is a part of a trio of solutions in our Ready, Set, Green program. With Ready, Set, Relax, a participating smart thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature on the thermostat in your home by up to 4° to help reduce demand on the grid during periods of high-electricity use or extreme temperatures, often referred to as a Ready, Set, Relax event.
During periods of high-electricity demand or extreme temperatures, your smart thermostat automatically adjusts by a few degrees to decrease your A/C run time and conserve energy. Making this small adjustment benefits the environment, your local community and your electricity bill as well. Plus, you won’t have to worry about missing an alert or not being home when called upon. When the time comes to conserve, you won’t be caught off guard. Your smart thermostat will send you a notification and automatically adjust to the right temperature without you having to do a thing. All you have to do is enroll. Ready, Set, Relax events can last up to 4 hours, but you’re always in control. You can adjust the temperature on your thermostat at any time.
How can I participate in Ready, Set, Relax?
You must have an eligible smart thermostat from Google Nest, Honeywell Home or Emerson Sensi, along with Wi-Fi and an active account with your smart thermostat’s app. Just connect an eligible smart thermostat to Wi-Fi and sign up for Ready, Set, Relax. Once you’re all signed up, your smart thermostat and app will notify you when a Ready, Set, Relax event will start.
Eligible smart thermostats include:
- Nest Learning Thermostat (all generations)
- Nest Thermostat
- Nest Thermostat E
- VisionPRO 8000 with RedLINK Gateway
- VisionPro 8000 Smart
- 9000 Smart
- Prestige IAQ
- Wi-Fi FocusPRO 6000
- Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable
- Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen
- Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
- Wi-Fi 9000
You must set up your thermostat using the free Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app in order to register your device in the Ready, Set, Relax program.
- Sensi Smart Thermostat
- Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat
You can even enroll more than one thermostat.
What should I expect when a Ready, Set, Relax event occurs?
When an event is in progress, depending on the type of thermostat you have, more than likely, a notification will appear on your thermostat and from its app. Your smart thermostat will then adjust by no more than 4°. Once the event is over, your thermostat will return to its regular schedule. With Ready, Set, Relax, you never have to feel locked in. You can override these automatic adjustments at any time.
When an event is in progress, a notification will appear on your thermostat — depending on the type of thermostat you have — or on your thermostat’s mobile app.
Here’s what you can expect to see from each brand:
- Google Nest: A gold gear will appear on the display of your Google Nest thermostat and your Nest app to let you know that an energy event is happening.
- Honeywell: An Energy Savings Event notification will appear in the Total Connect Comfort app.
- Emerson Sensi: On the Sensi thermostat, if you’re currently in an event, you’ll see “Active Savings Event” on thermostat display, along with the time that event will end. The same information is available in the Sensi app.
Does Green Mountain Energy sell smart thermostats?
No, but you can receive a free Nest Thermostat and Nest temperature sensor by enrolling in the Pollution FreeTM with Google Nest 24 Plan.
Do Ready, Set, Relax events happen all year long?
In the summer, there will be a maximum of 20 rush hour events and each rush hour event will be no longer than 4 hours. Ready, Set, Relax events will start in May and end in October, and will occur on non-holiday weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. In the winter, there will be a maximum of 20 rush hour events and each rush hour event will be no longer than 4 hours. Energy rush hours will start in November and end in April, and will occur on non-holiday weekdays between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. In both summer and winter, you’ll only get one rush hour event a day, and there will not be more than 4 rush hour events in a week.
Do I have to participate in every Ready, Set, Relax event?
No. During a Ready, Set, Relax event your thermostat adjusts temperatures to save electricity while keeping you comfortable. But you can choose to change the temperature and opt out of that particular event at any time. Opting out is simple. Just override the modified temperature by changing it directly on your smart thermostat or in its app. Your thermostat will keep the temperature you set, then return to its regular schedule.
Are there any special perks for participating in the Ready, Set, Relax program?
Yes. Green Mountain Energy customers who enroll through May 31 will receive a one-time $35 bill credit (or one-time $20 bill credit if enrolled later), along with a $5 donation made to the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club on their behalf.
When will I receive the bill credit?
The bill credit will appear on your Green Mountain Energy account within two billing cycles of enrolling in the program.
Will participation in the Ready, Set, Relax program affect my enrollment in my current plan?
No, your participation does not affect your current Green Mountain Energy electricity plan.
What if I'm no longer interested in the Ready, Set, Relax program. Can I cancel at any time?
Yes. You may cancel your enrollment by calling Green Mountain Energy at 1-866-785-4668.