Friday, 1 August 2014
Utility companies throughout the United States and Canada are offering their customers free Smart Thermostats. Here's the offer from San Antonio's CPS: "A FREE Honeywell programmable thermostatâ€¦ you don't have to install it yourself, and you have complete control. Change the temperature at home -- anytime, anywhere -- from the Internetâ€¦.'' Here's the offer from New York's ConEdison: "In addition to your FREE thermostat, app and installation a $300 value you will also receive a $25 thank you check." One utility company extends a $50 rebate to business customers ($25 for residential customers) in addition to the free thermostat, plus each can receive an additional $25 for participating in a pilot study. Why are utility companies doing this? [Note: Nashville's NES does not currently offer a similar program].
What's the catch?
The goal is to reduce energy consumption during periods of high energy use, and to delay the need for costly power system upgrades the cost of which is inevitably passed on to consumers in the form of higher rates. Reducing energy usage also helps to reduce air pollution, since most electricity in the U.S. is produced by coal-fired power plants. Nashville power comes primarily from coal fired steam plants in Gallatin and Cumberland City.
Let your thermostat do the savings for you
What the future holds
Posted on 08/01/2014 10:01 AM by Tony Anderson
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