Smart Water Heater Rewards

Keep comfortable and earn rebates on your PGE bill

If you live in the PGE Smart Grid Test Bed and you have a qualifying water heater, you can save energy and earn rebates by participating in our smart water heater pilot.

If you qualify PGE, you can earn up to $70 in PGE bill credits per year. It’s easy – your water heater does all the work and you get all the rewards!


How it works

Did you know energy is more expensive and carbon intensive during times of day when everyone is using more? The most common electric water heater stores 50 gallons of hot water for immediate use. Depending on your make and model, PGE can use your water heater like a battery, communicating wirelessly to shift the heating of your water to a time of the day or night when energy demand is lower. You will always have hot water when you need it and your water heater will simply turn back on if you need hot water during a peak time.


The power of we starts with me

By having your water heater automatically shift some of your energy use away from peak times, you’re helping keep prices low for everyone and enabling the use of more renewable energy, helping us build a clean energy future for Oregon. Check out our PGE Smart Grid Test Bed video PGE for more information.

Not at all. You will enjoy plenty of hot water and won’t notice a difference – except energy savings and money back on your PGE bill!

You shouldn’t notice any difference in your service or availability of hot water.

You’ll earn $1 for every kilowatt-hour of energy shifted during a Peak Time Event. Your earnings will show up as a credit on your PGE bill each month, and by the end of the first year on the program, you could earn up to $70!

We’re here to help

Do you have questions about the program or the PGE Smart Grid Test Bed? We’d be glad to answer them. Contact us at smartwaterheater@portlandgeneral.com, and we’ll walk you through everything.