Direct Energy is teaming up with Nest, the company that created the Nest Learning Thermostat, to offer tens of millions of electricity customers an energy efficiency solution for managing home and small business energy usage.
Direct Energy plans to make available an offer that includes the Nest Learning Thermostat, giving customers the opportunity to save on energy costs and reduce energy use.
The partnership represents a commitment by Direct Energy to bring Nest's smart thermostat to its key markets in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, New England, and Canada. More details about the offer will be available by June 1.
The Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adjusts temperature settings based on learning customers' energy use patterns and eliminates programming hassles by creating a personalized temperature schedule. With heating and cooling accounting for approximately 50 percent of the average household energy bill, Nest can make a noticeable difference by helping reduce energy consumption. Since its launch in October 2011, Nest has earned rave reviews and awards and helped people across the U.S., Canada and U.K. save energy.
In some markets, Direct Energy will also offer customers other incentives for the Nest Learning Thermostat, as well Nest's Rush Hour Rewards and Seasonal Savings services. Rush Hour Rewards helps people earn money or credits from their energy provider by using less energy when everyone else is using more.
With Seasonal Savings, a Nest Learning Thermostat uses its knowledge of a customer's schedule and preferences to make gradual temperature adjustments to help save energy. Both services are powered by Nest's Auto-Tune technology and offered only through Nest's energy partners.
In February, Direct Energy announced a partnership to offer the Nest Learning Thermostat to customers in Alberta who sign up for the 5-Year Comfort and Control Dual Fuel plan. This offer lets customers pay a flexible natural gas price with the security of a winter cap and an electricity price that is fixed for the five-year term of the contract.