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For the second year in a row, Texas-based utility Austin Energy is taking steps to help conserve energy while summer demands are high through its Power Partner Thermostat program with smart thermostat maker ecobee.

When customers enroll in the program and install an ecobee Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat, they will receive an $85 rebate and additional energy-saving opportunities on their bill. The ecobee smart thermostat allows homeowners to monitor and control their thermostat using a smartphone, tablet or computer, and the program allows customers to participate in demand response events.

“Austin Energy was one of the first utility companies to implement a smart thermostat program with a rebate incentive for their customers,” comments Stuart Lombard, CEO and president of ecobee. “With the program running for a second year in a row, we will see greater participation and awareness about the importance of reducing demand to save on energy bills and lessen the burden on the grid.”

Debbie Kimberly, Austin Energy’s vice president of customer energy solutions, adds, “Internet-connected thermostats, like ecobee, give our customers greater control of their comfort and savings. When our customers choose to participate in our demand response events, they are helping to delay the need to acquire additional peaking power and prevent unplanned outages.”





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