SCE pairs with smart thermostat maker Nest to save energy

Southern California Edison (SCE) is teaming up with Nest Labs, Inc., owners of the Nest Learning Thermostat to enable greater energy efficiency for SCE customers.

The collaboration combines the energy-saving rebate program offered by SCE with the easy-to-use technology that comes with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which manages one of the largest portions of an average home's energy consumption — heating and cooling.

On any weekday when electricity demand is relatively high, SCE can call a Save Power Days "event" between 2 to 6 p.m. asking for customers to conserve electricity.

Nest is a learning thermostat that remembers what temperatures customers like, creates a custom schedule for the home, and turns itself down when customers are away. Nest can be remotely controlled to help customers save energy during a Save Power Days event.

All SCE customers are already automatically enrolled in Save Power Days and can earn up to $0.75 for every kilowatt hour reduced during the event (based on the customer's average weekday usage from 2-6 p.m.). SCE customers who own an enabling device, such as a Nest Learning Thermostat, can earn $1.25 for every kilowatt hour saved through Save Power Days Plus.

Customers who are enrolled to receive alerts will be contacted the day before a Save Power Days event through text, phone or email, so they can take appropriate measures to save energy. Even if customers are enrolled in Save Power Days, there is no obligation to participate.

An Edison International (EIX) company, SCE serves a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

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