UPDATE: In 2017, SDG&E’s smart thermostat program changed. While they are no longer installing free ecobee smart thermostats, they are offering generous rebates for ecobee and Nest smart thermostats.
SDG&E Reduce Your Use Smart Thermostat Program
You will need:
- An SDG&E approved smart thermostat. (Check the SDG&E Marketplace for a selection of eligible smart thermostats.)
- An SDG&E account with a smart meter.
- Wi-Fi network compatible with your smart thermostat.
- Working central air conditioning unit controlled by your smart thermostat.
- No current participation in a similar air-conditioning conservation program.
- Have not received a free thermostat nor participated in a thermostat program in the last year.
When you upload your purchase receipt to the SDG&E Marketplace, you will receive a $50 rebate for your thermostat.
To receive more money, enroll in Reduce Your UseSM Thermostat for a $50 debit card, and receive another $25 for each summer that you participate in the Reduce Your Use program. You can enroll in SDG&E’s Reduce Your Use Thermostat program directly with these manufacturers:
The Reduce Your Use Rewards program will also pay bonus bill credits if you conserve enough energy.
What is a Smart Thermostat?
A smart thermostat is Internet enabled through WiFi, making it possible for you to monitor and manage your home with any Internet-connected computer or smart device. You can modify your thermostat’s program, set up alerts and service reminders, and even set a vacation schedule.
Programming is easy with a simple touch screen and easy to follow instructions. The software is upgraded regularly, at no cost to you.
Over time, the thermostat tracks how you consume energy, and adjusts to maximize your energy savings. Many thermostats use algorithms that consider weather, size of home, number of occupants, and type of HVAC system to maximize your energy efficiency.
Users report saving an average of 24% on their heating and 21% on their cooling costs. Since most home energy use is on heating and cooling costs, this could mean significant savings every month.
More Ways to “Green” Your Home
A smart thermostat is a great start to improving the energy efficiency of your home. Here are some other ways you can improve the efficiency and comfort of your home, and boost your property’s value:
- Get a home energy assessment to learn how to maximize your energy savings.
- Attic sealing and insulation can make a huge difference in the comfort and temperature of your home.
- Get paid to upgrade your appliances to reduce your energy usage.
- Consider buying solar panels to reduce your electricity bill.
- Conserve water with a free rain barrel. Another great way to save water is to replace your lawn with waterwise landscaping.
- SDG&E provides a free water and energy savings kit.
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