"Act on Energy:" Efficiency Programs for Ameren Residential Customers

Discounts on Energy Efficient Lighting

Ameren Illinois’ ActOnEnergy® offers discounts on ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for your home through select participating retailers:

Ace Hardware, Big R, Best Buy, CVS, County Market , Cub Foods, Deals, Do It Best, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Farm King, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Home Depot, IGA, Kroger, Lowes, Meijer, Menards, Niemann Foods, Rural King, Sam’s Club (members only), Schnucks, True Value Hardware, Walgreens, & Walmart

To see a complete list of retailers visit the Act On Energy website.

  • Learn how to match CFLs with the correct fixtures.
  • To speak with a customer service representative, call 866-845-7085 on Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Why are CFLs better than incandescent bulbs?
  • CFLs use 75 percent less energy
  • CFLs last up to 10 times as long
  • CFLs can save you up to $47 over each bulb’s life
  • CFLs can be recycled at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, and IKEA.

Get important recycling information and learn more about CFLs.

Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling

That old refrigerator in your basement or garage could cost you up to $100 a year to run. But don’t just throw it away; Ameren will pay residential customers $50 to pick up and safely recycle old refrigerators and freezers.

To be eligible, your refrigerator or freezer must be:

  • In working (cooling) condition
  • 10–27 cubic feet in size
  • Picked up from a residence, not a business

There is a limit of two refrigerators/freezers per customer, per program year. To schedule a pickup, call 866-899-9088 or visit www.arcaincutility.com.

The EPA estimates that old refrigerators can cost more than $100 a year to operate.

Power Smart Pricing

Power Smart Pricing is an hourly electricity pricing program for residential customers served by Ameren Illinois. The price you pay for electricity will vary hour by hour based on actual market prices. Since the program launched in early 2007, it has saved customers an average of 15 percent or more on the supply portion of their electricity bills. Participating customers pay a $2.25 monthly fee.

How does the program work?

Power Smart Pricing changes the way you pay for electricity. Under Ameren’s standard residential rate, the price you pay per kilowatt-hour only varies between summer and non-summer months. Participants in the Power Smart Pricing program pay wholesale market prices, which fluctuate hourly, instead of the traditional averaged “flat” rate. You can manage your electricity costs by taking simple actions to conserve energy during hours when prices are higher.

What are the program benefits?

  • Participants have more control over electricity use, and consequently, more opportunity to save.
  • The program eases stress on the electric grid, especially during high demand periods, leading to more reliable service, lower carbon emissions, and less negative impact on the environment.

To get more information about the program or to enroll, visit www.powersmartpricing.org or call 1-877-655-6028. Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people and communities manage their energy costs, administers the Power Smart Pricing Program for Ameren. For more information about Elevate Energy, visit www.elevateenergy.org.

Peak Time Rewards

Homes with new advanced electric meters are eligible to enroll in this free program. It allows you to earn a credit on your electric bill when you voluntarily participate on days with Peak Time Rewards Hours.

Peak Time Rewards Hours can be called at any time during the year, but will most likely occur during hot summer afternoons. Customers will be notified of PTR events via their preferred contact method(s), including a phone call, text message or email.

Act and Save The credits you earn on your bill will be based on your current electricity usage. Through May 2017 you will earn a credit of $1.51 for every kilowatt -hour (kWh) of electricity you save. Activate your participation before March 1 each year. To get more details or to sign up, visit https://peaktimerewards.com/ or call 1-844-787-7874

Heating and Cooling Discounts

ActOnEnergy® discounts and incentives can save you hundreds of dollars on the efficient heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment listed below:

  • Air-source electric heat pumps
  • High efficiency blower motors

Multifamily In-Unit Efficiency Program

Property managers with three or more units powered by Ameren Illinois can get these energy-saving measures for multifamily properties:

  •  Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) for high-use lighting areas
  • High performance showerheads
  • High performance faucet aerators for kitchens and baths
  • Programmable digital thermostats
  • Air sealing and insulation
  • You can even qualify for direct installation assistance from ActOnEnergy® program staff and get the manpower you need for FREE installation!

Act now! This program is available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis.

To enroll or obtain program forms, contact the Multifamily Account Manager for your territory below.

Ameren Illinois Central Territory: 1.309.339.8588 Ameren Illinois South Territory: 1.618.559.4197

For more information online go to www.actonenergy.com/for-my-business/explore-incentives/multifamily-properties/in-unit-efficiency-savings.

To get started or for information on any of the above programs, call 1-866-838-6918.

If you have any additional questions about these programs, please call CUB, 1-800-669-5556, and ask for Annabelle Rosser, environmental outreach coordinator.

CUB works hard to maintain the accuracy and timeliness of this information, but programs often change and/or run out of money. CUB is not responsible for the administration of any of the programs described in this fact sheet. If you are having trouble applying for or receiving benefits from any of the programs described above, please contact the administrator of that program. Please notify CUB if you find any inaccuracies here.