Austin Energy customers eligible for summer offer on smart thermostats

July 8, 2021

Austin Energy customers who are fans of smart gadgets can save big on smart thermostats this summer. The utility’s summer offer runs from July 1 through Sept. 6 and customers can get a $130 bill credit for each eligible smart thermostat enrolled in the Power Partner℠ program. Customers can also earn a $25 rebate from Austin Energy for buying and installing a new, eligible smart thermostat.
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Being an Austin Energy Power Partner℠ allows the utility to adjust the setting on your smart thermostat by a few degrees during a handful of extremely hot non-holiday weekdays and only between 3-6 p.m. Customers retain control of their comfort level and can opt-out of any event by simply adjusting their thermostat or thermostat app.

Participating in Power Partner℠ not only helps save money on utility bills, but also helps reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, the program helps lower the cost of electricity in our community and helps increase power grid reliability during times of high energy use.

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Other tips to help conserve energy:

  • Set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. Each degree lower increases your energy use by 6 to 8 percent.
  • Raise the thermostat to 85 degrees when you are away for two hours or more. 
  • Point fans in your direction. Fans blowing directly on you can make it feel about 4 degrees cooler. In the summer, fan blades should move counterclockwise to push cool air downward. 
  • Close shades and curtains on windows hit by direct sunlight to prevent heat from getting indoors. 
  • Avoid using the oven or doing laundry during the hottest time of the day. 

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