Rebates pair a smart thermostat and solar power (video)

Homeowners in California and New York take greater control of their electricity costs with rebates that pair a smart thermostat and solar electricity.

Smart thermostat maker ecobee Inc. has teamed up with SunPower, a sustainable energy company, to help homeowners in cut their energy costs.

Participating consumers can receive clean, solar electricity from SunPower at prices competitive with traditional sources, while ensuring that energy is efficiently used in the home with ecobee’s smart thermostat.

As part of the pilot program, SunPower is offering ecobee owners a $500 mail-in rebate with the installation of a high efficiency SunPower solar energy system. 

“On average, ecobee owners save 23 percent annually on heating and cooling bills, and in just one year the ecobee3 generates enough savings to pay for itself,” said Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee.  “We are thrilled to now offer our customers a new way to save money and lower their impact on the environment using solar energy. SunPower is an excellent partner to support ecobee’s commitment to innovative programs that drive value, savings and efficiency for our customers.”

ecobee has solved the biggest problem plaguing all thermostats: they only measure temperature in one location, typically the hallway or living room where it is most likely to be installed. Using room sensors, the ecobee3 is capable of monitoring the temperature in every room of a home. By detecting occupancy in multiple locations, ecobee3 is able to automatically adjust temperatures for those rooms to deliver maximum comfort in the areas of a home that matter most.

"This partnership program helps homeowners maximize electricity savings by combining reliable ecobee smart thermostat technology with high performance solar solutions from SunPower,” said Martin DeBono, SunPower senior vice president, residential solar. “Our collaboration with ecobee will help consumers take very simple steps toward building a Smart Energy home of the future that efficiently manages energy production and consumption, giving them greater control of electricity costs.”

The SunPower rebate is available to ecobee customers that lease or purchase a high efficiency SunPower solar energy system. SunPower solar panels generate up to 70 percent more energy from the same space over the first 25 years when compared to conventional solar, which can reduce the number of panels needed to meet consumers’ energy needs. They are predicted to have an active lifespan of more than 40 years, and come with a 25-year combined power and product warranty. With flexible financing options, qualified ecobee customers can start saving on solar electricity from SunPower for little to no cost up front. Customers who purchase solar from SunPower may also qualify for a 30 percent federal income tax credit.

To learn more about the program go here.

Read more about smart and connected homes.

Topics: Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Cost of Ownership, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Rebates / Tax Credits, Solar Power

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