|OFF PEAK PROGRAM||BACKUP SYSTEM|
|The electric heat is metered separately, and it has a load management device hooked to it that we refer to as a ripple control. The ripple control will shut the electric heat off over peak periods. The total control will shut the electric heat off up to a range of 500 to 700 hours per heating season. You need to have a backup heating system to heat your home over these control periods. The type of backup system is left up to the homeowner. If you travel or are gone from home a lot in the winter we recommend you have a backup system that is fully automatic to prevent your house from freezing up in the event that a control period takes place when you are away from home. Because of this, wood heat is not considered an adequate backup.||There are several types of backup systems. You can install a fossil fuel backup type heating system such as propane, or a fuel oil furnace. Another very popular type of backup system is a storage system. Instead of having to install two heating systems, you can use storage heaters, a storage furnace, or slab storage. For more information on the different types of heating systems please give us a call or stop by our office.
If you plan on installing off-peak heat, Clearwater-Polk will provide the ripple receiver, the heat meter and the heat meter socket at no cost. After that, there is a $2.50 monthly charge per extra meter.
The system will need to be inspected once installation is complete in order to receive the off-peak rate.