Smart Thermostat Program

Go green and save green when you sign up for our smart thermostat savings program.


Nest smart thermostat owners can lower their monthly bill and receive a $50 rebate by joining our smart thermostat savings program. By signing up, you get paid for allowing Piedmont Electric to adjust your thermostat through your in-home Wi-Fi a couple degrees on very hot afternoons in the summer. However, you always have the final say in your home’s temperature! You can change your thermostat back at any time by using your smart thermostat’s wall unit or smart phone app.

Smart Thermostat Program Interest Form

Nest Rush Hour: Please note that our smart thermostat savings program is separate from Nest’s Rush Hour program. If you are a part of Piedmont Electric’s thermostat program, we will never turn your thermostat up more than four degrees and you can opt out of an event at any time by changing your thermostat back to your desired temperature. If you would like to opt out of Nest’s Rush Hour program, please contact Nest or use your Nest app to unenroll from that program.

Don’t have a Nest smart thermostat yet or want to learn more before joining our program? Complete our smart thermostat savings program interest form.

*Currently, only Nest thermostats are eligible for this program.

Sign up today through your thermostat’s website!

Smart Thermostat Nest Site Enrollment

Proven energy savings

A smart thermostat helps to decrease your bill by learning your schedule and adjusting your temperature to an energy-efficient setting. You can control your thermostat anywhere on your smartphone or computer.


$50 rebate

Receive a $50 initial rebate and monthly bill credits of $2.50 from June through September when you sign up for our smart thermostat savings program.


Help keep rates low!

When we work together to reduce energy use on the hottest days in the summer, it helps us keep rates low for everyone.


Program details

To be eligible for Piedmont Electric rebates and credits, you must register your Nest smart thermostat online and participate in the Piedmont Electric Smart Thermostat Savings Program. You must have Wi-Fi to participate in this program.

Opting out of participating in control times more than 40% of the month will result in a loss of monthly credit. Opting out of participating in control times more than 50% of the month will result in a loss of the initial $50 rebate which will be added to your bill.

Please note: Piedmont Electric will not install or assist with installation of smart thermostats. Piedmont Electric is not responsible for any equipment issues or malfunctions. Please contact Nest thermostat support for any questions regarding your smart thermostat.

Terms & Conditions

Nest Terms & Conditions

Smart Thermostat FAQ

Smart thermostats pay attention to your habits at home before beginning to self-adjust in order to save energy when you’re away. The smart thermostat that works with our savings program is the Nest thermostat.

Smart thermostat users save an estimated 10-23% on their energy bills per year according to studies conducted by Nest and Ecobee producers. And that’s not the only way you save as a smart thermostat owner. Check out the four different ways you can save as a Piedmont Electric member below!

1. Receive an initial rebate for your smart thermostat by signing up for the program and providing proof of purchase.* (This can be a new purchase or a past purchase).

2. Get a credit on your bill just for being a part of the program.*

3. Decrease your bill by lowering your energy use as your smart thermostat cools and heats your home more efficiently.

4. Help us reduce our peak which helps keep rates low. Programs like our smart thermostat program, load control, Beat the Peak and time-of-day rates all help reduce our peak and save money. As a not-for-profit cooperative, when Piedmont Electric saves, you save too!

*Savings program credits and rebate terms and conditions can be found here.

By completing these two steps, you are providing proof of purchase.

  1. Sign up for our Smart Thermostat Savings Program online through the Nest website.
  2. Complete the Piedmont Electric terms of agreement for your Nest smart thermostat.

Yes! All you need is a Nest smart thermostat, Wi-Fi and permission from your landlord or apartment complex to install a smart thermostat.

Peak times are the times of day when people are using the greatest amount of electricity. A part of power supply costs is determined by energy used during peak times. If we can reduce the amount of energy used during these peak times by using smart thermostats, we can reduce Piedmont Electric’s power costs and save our members money.

Think about energy use and peak times like cars and traffic. As more cars hit the highway at the end of the workday, the more congested the roads become.
A similar issue happens when the temperatures outside start to rise in the summer and more people begin to crank up their air condition. This causes the energy demand acros the cooperative to rise. Just like sitting in traffic costs drivers more money, increased demand causes co-op members’ bills to rise due to increased power supply costs.


By reducing the energy used during peak times, you help decrease the demand for energy and help lower the cost of energy used. It’s like taking cars off the road during rush hour so that no one sits in traffic wasting gas!

Time-of-Day Rates: Shows when to use energy, on-peak vs off-peak.

Nest support


For more information about smart thermostats and our savings program, complete this form or call us at 800.222.3107.