Duke Energy Power Manager FAQ

What is Duke Energy’s Power Manager® smart thermostat option?
  • Power Manager is a voluntary option for Duke Energy residential electric customers who have eligible smart thermostats connected to their central air conditioning and electric heating.

  • In extreme temperatures - high or low - electricity demand increases and can cause strain on the grid. Duke Energy’s Power Manager smart thermostat option is designed to help reduce energy use during times of high energy demand. This decreases the use of less efficient and more expensive power sources. That’s good for the environment, and it helps keep energy costs low for everyone.

  • Participants agree to brief adjustments to their thermostat during peak electric demand periods. Adjustments to your thermostat are infrequent and typically last no more than four hours and will not occur holidays, except in the event of a system emergency.

  • Summer events may occur from May 1 through September 30 during the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Winter events may occur from December 1 through March 31 during the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Pre-cooling and pre-heating can start before the dispatch window time of 6 a.m.

  • Participants will receive a one-time bill credit (limit one per household) after successfully enrolling in the option. In addition, participants will receive a bill credit each year following the anniversary of their enrollment in the option.

How will I know if I’m eligible to enroll?

To be eligible to enroll, you must:

  • Be a Duke Energy residential electric customer in North Carolina or South Carolina, and the electric service is in your name

  • Use an eligible internet-connected smart thermostat for cooling and electric heating.

  • Allow Duke Energy to make brief, small thermostat adjustments on days of high energy demand

What is my enrollment incentive?

You will receive a one-time $75 bill credit after successfully enrolling in the option.

When will I receive the bill credit for enrolling in the Power Manager smart thermostat option?

You will receive your enrollment bill credit within 2 billing cycles of being accepted into the Power Manager smart thermostat option.

How do I receive the $25 bill credit annual participation incentive?

You will receive one $25 bill credit per household following the anniversary of your enrollment for each year that you are enrolled in the option.

Which thermostats qualify for the option?


Approved Thermostats


Amazon Smart Thermostat


Radio Thermostat CT30, CT80, CT100; Trane ComfortLink Control; RCS Z-Wave Communicating Thermostat; GoControl Z-wave Thermostat; Alarm.com Smart Thermostat; 2GIG Z-Wave Plus™ Battery Powered Thermostat; Trane Z-Wave Thermostat; Linear Thermostat; Smart Thermostat HD (ADC T40K-HD)


ecobee3, ecobee3 Lite, ecobee4, ecobee, SmartThermostat with voice control, ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced, ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium


Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat, Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat, Sensi Lite Smart Thermostat, Sensi Touch 2 Smart Thermostat

Honeywell Home

Wi-Fi T5+ Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi T6 Pro Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi T9 Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi T10 Smart Thermostat

Honeywell TCC

Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat, Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat, Wi-Fi 9000 7-Day Programmable Thermostat, Wi-Fi 9000 Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi VisionPro 8000 Smart Thermostat, Wi-Fi Round Smart Thermostat



Google Nest

Google Nest Thermostat, Google Nest Learning Thermostat, Google Nest Thermostat E

Where can I find the Terms & Conditions for this program?

You can find the program terms and conditions for all thermostat providers below:


Terms and Conditions


Terms & Conditions


Terms & Conditions


Terms & Conditions


Terms & Conditions

Honeywell Home

Terms & Conditions


Terms & Conditions

Google Nest

Terms & Conditions

How do I sign up for Duke Energy’s Power Manager smart thermostat option?
  • Confirm your eligibility for the Power Manager smart thermostat, option by answering these three questions:

    1. Are you a Duke Energy residential electric customer?

    2. Do you use an eligible, internet-connected thermostat to control your central air conditioning and electric heating?

    3. Will you allow the Power Manager option to make brief, small thermostat adjustments on high energy demand days or in the event of a system emergency?

  • If you answered yes to these three questions, please choose whether you have a thermostat to enroll in Duke Energy’s Power Manager option.

    1. If you have an existing thermostat, please select your thermostat from the eligible models. Then, click the Enroll Now button to go to your thermostat’s enrollment site, where you will follow a series of simple steps to enroll.

    2. If you don’t have an existing eligible thermostat, please choose a model, purchase and install it. Once installed and activated, come back to enroll your new thermostat in the Power Manager option.

  • Once your eligibility is confirmed by Duke Energy, you will be enrolled in the option. You will receive a notification on your enrollment status via email using the address provided in your account registration.

How do I enroll my ecobee thermostat?

The ecobee thermostat can only be enrolled in this program through the ecobee app. Follow this step-by-step guide to enroll your ecobee thermostat.

How will I know that a temperature adjustment is in progress?

Depending on your thermostat provider, notifications will appear on the thermostat or in your web/mobile application.

How will my thermostat be adjusted?
  • At the start of an adjustment event, your thermostat will be automatically adjusted up to 4 degrees above the current temperature setting.

  • The event will typically last less than four hours on non-holiday weekdays or weekends. Once the event is over, your thermostat will return to its normal setting.

  • You can opt out of an event from your mobile device, web browser, or thermostat.

Will participating in the option compromise my comfort?

Only on event days, your thermostat will be adjusted by 4 degrees or less. Your participation is voluntary and you will retain control of your thermostat. You can easily opt out of an event for any reason.

Am I allowed to opt out of thermostat adjustment events?

Yes. During an event, you can opt out from your thermostat, mobile device or web app.

What should I do if I no longer want to participate in the Power Manager smart thermostat option?

Send an email to support@powermanagertstat.com, requesting to end your participation in the Power Manager smart thermostat. Once you have been taken off, your thermostat(s) will no longer be controlled and you will not receive the annual participation incentive.

What if I have additional questions about the Power Manager smart thermostat option?