Honeywell, Constellation deliver smart Wi-Fi thermostats

Honeywell and power provider Constellation today introduced an energy-saving service plan available to millions of homeowners and small businesses across 23 states.

By enrolling in the plan to meet their gas and electricity needs, customers can lock in competitive prices and receive up to a $200 gift card from Constellation for buying any Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat, including the new Lyric. These modern, app-driven thermostats provide comfort, convenience and an opportunity to reduce energy consumption every day through easy programming and remote connectivity.

The plan builds on the companies' regional efforts in Texas — and Honeywell's decades-long experience linking energy suppliers and users — bringing the thermostat offer to residents and business owners in states where Constellation does business, which covers an estimated 30 million homes alone.

If only 20 percent of eligible homeowners signed up and installed the technology, they trim their collective energy spend by about $768 million each year, a rate of $128 per household based on estimates from GreenOhm and Honeywell for the annual savings a programmable thermostat can deliver.

Customers can get the Wi-Fi devices at low or no cost with a gift card — $100 for home electricity service, $100 for gas service or $200 for both. The offer doubles for small businesses. Plus, a six-month or longer service agreement with Constellation, one of the leading energy suppliers, provides affordable, fixed rates and protection from price volatility.

"Competitive rates, stability and energy management provide an excellent value for consumers and businesses," said Bruce Stewart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Constellation. "Honeywell and Constellation are offering great customer service and technology, and that means value without having to sacrifice quality or comfort."

Constellation customers can choose from a variety of Honeywell Wi-Fi connected thermostats available online and in retail stores, as well as through local contractors. Retail products include the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat (MSRP: $279); the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat (MSRP: $249); the Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat (MSRP: $149) and the Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat (MSRP: $119).

These devices can be set and managed from virtually any computer, tablet or smartphone using Total Connect Comfort, the top-rated thermostat app on iTunes and Google Play, or the Lyric app.

"Constellation's customer service and competitive rates are an appealing combination, and our products just add to the experience," said Jeremy Eaton, president, Honeywell Connected Home. "With a wide range of Wi-Fi thermostats, homeowners and businesses can find a product to meet their specific needs. And everyone can count on enhanced comfort, convenience and control."

Honeywell will help manage promotional and recruitment efforts for the program. The company has worked with more than 100 utilities and providers, and 6 million of their customers to trim energy use and reduce stress on the electrical grid when consumption peaks. It also has controls in 150 million homes, 10 million facilities and thousands of industrial sites, and is helping link these buildings into smart grid programs.

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