Smart A/C Savings Program – OLD

Stay cool while saving money and earning rewards this summer with a smart thermostat

Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi thermostat

Cape Light Compact is currently enrolling participants in its Smart A/C Savings program for summer 2017. The Smart A/C Savings is a demand response program that seeks to reduce air conditioning load on the electric grid by offering participation incentives and enabling residential customers with central air conditioning or mini-split heat pumps to reduce their air conditioning use during select periods of high demand, called Demand Response Events (Events). The program will work with a compatible Wi-Fi thermostat or mini-split heat pump unit to control your air conditioning remotely and reduce usage during periods of high energy demand.

How It Works

Using an eligible Wi-Fi thermostat (for central A/C systems) or a Sensibo Sky (for mini-split systems) paired with iOS/Android/Web software applications from Presence, participants can take a step toward the connected home through control of their air conditioning system from the convenience of a smartphone or tablet from anywhere, anytime. On especially hot and humid days of the summer where air conditioning electric load is at its peak, the Compact may call an Event. During Events, the set point on your air conditioning system will be automatically increased by +2 to +4 degrees, and then will return to its prior set point when the Event is over. All Demand Response Events will be held between June 1 and September 30 during the hours of 10 am and 9 pm, and may last up to 4 hours. Notification will be sent to participants via email and an in-app message prior to each Event, and participants can override the automatic set point adjustments at any time.

What You Get

Presence app showing the thermostat control screen

If you have central ducted air conditioning and an eligible thermostat (see Eligibility Requirements below for eligible thermostats):

  • The ability to control your thermostat remotely through the Presence app
  • $25 Visa gift card for enrolling
  • An additional $25 Visa gift card at the end of the summer if you participate in at least 75% of Demand Response Events called

If you have a mini-split heat pump:

  • The ability to control you mini-split system remotely through the Presence app
  • A free Sensibo Sky device (a $99+ value – enables control of your mini-split through the Presence app)
  • A $25 Visa gift card at the end of the summer if you participate in at least 75% of Demand Response Events called


Program participants must meet all of the following program requirements:

  1. Have a residence located on Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard with an active Eversource account (cannot rent out property on short-term basis during the summer)
  2. Have either:
    • Central A/C, controlled by wall-mounted thermostat
    • Mini-split heat pump(s)
  3. If you have a central A/C system, must be controlled by one of the below thermostats:
  4. If you have a mini-split system, you must also:
    • Have a Wi-Fi internet connection
    • Be willing to self-install Sensibo Sky device (set up is easy and step-by-step instructions will be included with the device)
  5. Be willing to allow Cape Light Compact adjust thermostat set points during Demand Response Events
    • Participants will be notified in advance of the Events
    • Participants can always override Compact’s thermostat adjustments

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please select the link below to enroll in the program.


If you have central A/C and would like to get a qualifying thermostat, you have two options:

  1. Save $149 off MSRP when you purchase a Honeywell Lyric Round thermostat during a home energy assessment at a reduced price of $50 and have it professionally installed for FREE.  To schedule a home energy assessment, call Cape Light Compact at 1-800-797-6699.
  2. Get a Mass Save rebate for up to $100 when you purchase a qualifying Honeywell Lyric Round thermostat from any vendor and install it yourself! (please note: rebate not available if purchasing through a home energy assessment)