Discover the Power of Demand Response in Managing Energy Consumption with Verdant Thermostats

Find out how Verdant’s smart thermostats leverage demand response integration to enhance energy management, lower utility costs, and contribute to a greener future.

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How Demand Response Works for Aggregators

Phase 1
Enroll your users or properties for demand response events and calculate the curtailment requirements.
Phase 2
Schedule demand response events using Verdant APIs for enrolled rooms in the portfolio.
Phase 3
Verdant API schedules pre-cool/pre-heat and demand response events for the specified rooms.
Phase 4
Verdant will support you in optimizing curtailment based on completed events.

How Demand Response Works for Residents

Phase 1: Pre-Heat or Pre-Cool

Prior to the event, your Verdant system will adjust the temperature of the units in advance, either warming or cooling them based on the residents’ preferred setpoint. This ensures that residents don’t experience any discomfort. If needed, your Verdant system will maintain the user’s preferred temperature prior to the scheduled event.

Phase 2: Pre-Gap

Based on the type of demand response event, there can be a gap between the pre-heat or pre-cool and the start time of actual DR Event. Pre-gap state enables the partners to implement this gap.

Phase 3: Demand Response Event

During the event, Verdant thermostats will let the temperature drift naturally until reaching the demand response setpoint. Users can cancel demand response events by changing the setpoint on the thermostat.

Phase 4: Post Demand Response Event

Once the demand response event is completed, the thermostats return to the user setpoint at a lag of a few seconds to offset the risk of causing spikes in HVAC energy usage for the building.

Key Benefits of Demand Response

Experience the substantial advantages of integrating demand response into your smart thermostat, regardless of whether it’s a building mandate or the responsibility of the owner or tenant to cover the expenses.

Earn Financial Incentives

Residents receive bill credits or cash payments as incentives for participating in demand response events. Building owners can pass on incentives, while direct metered residents directly enjoy financial advantages.

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Reduce Energy Costs and Improve Efficiency

Efficiently lower energy costs and improve operational efficiency without compromising residents’ comfort. Unlock the advantages of demand response to avoid electric rate surges and minimize grid stress during peak demand, resulting in substantial savings on your energy bill.

Build a More Sustainable Future

Contribute to a greener world by promoting ESG practices and reducing carbon footprint. Embrace demand response programs to achieve compliance with state mandates in multifamily buildings and attract eco-conscious residents.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Demand Response

Who qualifies for a demand response program?

Demand response program eligibility varies, but generally, multifamily buildings, including apartments and condominiums, can qualify for demand response programs. These programs typically target common areas, such as lighting and HVAC systems, allowing building managers to adjust electricity usage during peak demand periods. Eligibility criteria may vary depending on the program and utility provider.

How do I enroll?

Enrolling in a demand response program usually involves contacting your local utility provider or an authorized program administrator. They will provide you with the necessary information and enrollment forms. You may need to provide details about your energy usage patterns and equipment. Once enrolled, you will receive instructions on how to participate and adjust your electricity consumption during peak demand events.

Can I opt out of a demand response event?

Yes, participants can opt out of a demand response event, and it is possible to make the decision even during an ongoing event if a resident changes their mind. However, it is important to note that in highly critical events, opting out may not be possible. In such cases, participants are advised to reach out to their aggregator to request an exemption.

What time of the year do demand response events happen?

Demand response events can take place at different times throughout the year, typically aligning with periods of high electricity demand, such as hot summer months or extreme weather conditions. However, the specific scheduling of these events may vary based on factors including regional energy demand patterns, utility provider policies, and other relevant considerations.

Will I get a notification for a demand response event?

Prior to a demand response event, tenants are informed about it by the owners or aggregators. Once the event starts, a distinct demand response icon appears on the Verdant thermostat to notify tenants.

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