Learn about SmartAC switches


On hot summer days, energy demand increases because thousands of customers are using their air conditioning units. PG&E may remotely activate SmartAC switches on those days in order to help maintain adequate power supplies and avoid power interruptions.


SmartAC is free and automated.


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Enjoy the benefits


  • Get $50 when you enroll
  • Receive free technician support of your air conditioning system as long as you are a participant
  • Out of sight and out of mind—the switch automatically participates in events during the summer

Find out if you’re eligible


  • You must be a PG&E electricity customer
  • You must have a central air conditioning unit or heat pump in suitable operating condition. Homes with window units, wall units or evaporative coolers do not qualify
  • Your single-stage central AC units must generally operate during PG&E summer peak periods (approximately 5–8 p.m.)
  • You must be the homeowner or have the homeowner's written permission to participate in SmartAC. If you are a renter, you must have your homeowner or property manager's permission to install SmartAC. Download the owner permission form (PDF, 54 KB).
  • You must not be on PG&E's Medical Baseline program, or be a participant on another energy incentive program

Get $50 when you enroll


You’ll also get free installation and technician troubleshooting if you have issues with your AC unit.


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