Energy isn’t something to be taken for granted. Like the air we breathe, it’s pretty much invisible to the naked eye, but we it’s a valuable resource we tap into every day. But just because we can’t see it, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t preserve it. We live in a mild climate here in North San Diego County. And while we do experience moderate temperature fluctuations with the changing seasons, the amount of cooling and heating we use in our homes can be efficiently modified to preserve energy usage.
So here’s a little secret, SDG&E can help you with energy preservation in your home…for FREE! This is a limited time offer that is not being advertised, so we encourage you to take advantage of this offer soon as we have no idea when the offer will disappear.
You can get an ecobee smart programmable thermostat (a $300 value) with free installation when you sign up for theReduce Your UseSM Rewards program with SDG&E!
About the ecobee Smart Programmable Thermostat
The ecobee is a digital thermostat that can be controlled remotely from your mobile smart device or computer. Think about it, you’d be able to control the air temp of your home via your mobile phone — for example before you get out of bed or before you arrive home after work. Nice, right?! So here’s the deal, after the thermostat is installed in your home, on specified Reduce Your Use days, you will earn an even higher credit toward your energy bill than if you were on the Reduce Your Use program alone. If a Reduce Your Use day is called and you can’t participate, you can simply opt-out by following the instructions on the thermostat or ecobee alert.
The ecobee Smart Programmable Thermostat has a nice sleek design (see pic below), and both the unit and the app are very easy to use.
What is the Reduce Your Use Rewards Program?
The Reduce Your Use Rewards Program aims to cut back on energy usage during high peak times on any given day. On certain days/times throughout the year when energy use is high throughout San Diego County, SDG&E will send out an alert to homeowners who have signed up for the Reduce Your UseSM program. Participants will receive this alert via their smart device or computer, you can choose how you’d like to receive these alerts (i.e. smartphone, tablet, or computer). Program users are given ample time to participate as these alerts are sent out the day before. A quick thing to note is that the participation time usually lasts for a short duration of time. Advanced alerts allow homeowners to plan and decide whether or not they want to opt into the program for that specific day. If they do, they’ll earn a savings credit toward their energy bill. Participants will be asked to opt-in during peak usage times, which generally falls between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. If they can’t or don’t want to participate, they can simply opt-out. Not participating is perfectly ok, and you will not be penalized, but it is important to note that you will not incur any savings for that day. While participation is optional, your energy-saving efforts will help reduce the strain on our energy system. For information about how the program works, click here.
Can Businesses Participate?
From what we can tell, businesses are eligible to participate in the program, but you’ll have to contact SDG&E for details.
I’m IN! Where Can I Go to Receive My Free ecobee Thermostat?
According to the details on SDG&E, here are the steps:
- Enroll in Reduce Your Use Rewards alerts in My Account
- Sign up for the no-cost thermostat and installation
Did you know that North County Plumbing now installs and maintains home heating and air conditioning units? Keep us in mind if you need these services. We can help!
North County Plumbing is located in Vista, California and has been in the service business since 1970 providing quality plumbing services including leak detection and drain service in northern San Diego County. Our qualified technicians are available 24 hours a day to help with emergency plumbing repair services… with no overtime charges!
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