In an effort to increase the number of households using smart thermostats – thereby decreasing the amount of energy used and the associated costs – Utilities Kingston is offering $100 credit to eligible customers who make the change.
Through the ‘Save on Energy’ program offered by Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro in partnership with the Independent Electricity System Operator, Utilities Kingston is offering $100 credits to their first 250 eligible customers who apply by the end of 2020.
“We want to help our customers save energy. A smart thermostat helps you conserve the energy used to heat or cool your home and saves you money on your biggest home energy cost,” said Caitlin Newey, Conservation Officer for Utilities Kingston, noting that this conservation program is supported in part by the Independent Electricity System Operator.
Because smart thermostats use motion and occupancy sensors to automatically adjust temperatures, they also maximize energy-efficiency, Utilities Kingston said in a press release on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Users can also adjust smart thermostats remotely via WiFi.
“Getting a smart thermostat is a great step you can take to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Conservation also extends the life of utility infrastructure,” Newey said.
The program is open to residents who receive both gas and electricity services from Utilities Kingston, and takes advantage of Independent Electricity System Operator funding. The $100 credit given on eligible Utilities Kingston customers’ bills is funded 50 per cent through Independent Electricity System Operator local program funds, and 50 per cent through gas rates. In order to qualify, the smart thermostat must be purchased this year.
- Buy and install a smart thermostat that meets the technical requirements. The smart thermostats must be purchased and installed between January 1 and December 31, 2020.
- Complete the online application by December 31 and send proof of payment for the smart thermostat to Utilities Kingston.
- Those who are eligible and one of the first 250 customers to apply will have a $100 credit applied to their utility account.
To review complete eligibility, technical requirements, and frequently asked questions about the program, click here.