Ready, Set, Relax

Relax, your thermostat is under control.

Helping your neighbors and the grid is easier than ever with the Ready, Set, Relax program. During periods of high-electricity usage or extreme temperatures, your smart thermostat will automatically adjust to help conserve energy, which is referred to as a Ready, Set, Relax event.1 You won’t have to worry about missing an alert or not being home when called upon because your smart thermostat will receive a notification and adjust to the right temperature for you.2

For signing up, you get:

  • A one-time $20 bill credit and a donation made, on your behalf, to Sun Club® to further your support of sustainability.3
  • The opportunity to help your neighbors and the grid when it’s needed the most.
  • To help reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere by lightening the load on the grid.

How it works:

During Ready, Set, Relax events, your smart thermostat will notify you and automatically adjust to help you save energy. Of course, you can always change the temperature at any time.

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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 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:

Google Nest

  • Nest Learning Thermostat (all generations)
  • Nest Thermostat
  • Nest Thermostat E

Honeywell

  • 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.

Emerson

  • 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 icon 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?

Most events take place during periods of high electricity demand, typically from May to October. However, winter events may occur as well.

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 will receive a one-time $20 bill credit, 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.

1Ready, Set, Relax program is not available to customers enrolled in the Green Mountain Prepaid plan. Must be enrolled in Ready, Set, Relax program and have an eligible smart thermostat connected to Wi-Fi. Program terms and conditions apply.

2Eligible Google Nest thermostats include Nest Learning Thermostat (all generations), Nest Thermostat and Nest Thermostat E. Eligible Emerson thermostats include: Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat and Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat. Eligible Honeywell Home thermostats include: 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 and Wi-Fi 9000.

3Green Mountain Energy electricity customers who enroll in Ready, Set, Relax will receive a one-time $20 bill credit, which will be applied to the Green Mountain electricity account enrolled within two billing cycles. Not redeemable for cash; Green Mountain electricity account must be active at time of credit award to receive credit. Sun Club® is a Green Mountain Energy program that funds local nonprofits with sustainability grants. Donations made to Sun Club are solely used to further a purpose or service related to the core purpose of the organization. Donations may not be transferred, sold, given or assigned to any other nonprofit organization or other entity.

Google, Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Thermostat and Nest Thermostat E are trademarks of Google LLC.