February 4, 2014 - Direct Energy says it is the first Canadian energy company to offer the Nest Learning thermostat to Albertans who sign up for an energy plan. To launch this partnership, Direct Energy is offering new customers a Nest learning thermostat when they sign up for the 5-year Comfort and Control Dual Fuel plan.
By Alyssa Dalton
Boasting savings of up to 20% on heating and cooling bills, the Nest Learning thermostat “learns” a homeowner’s temperature behaviours to create a custom schedule for the home, and turns itself down when homeowners are away. It also promises to take local weather into account when making temperature adjustments. Users can monitor and adjust the device remotely by mobile device, tablet and computer.
“With regulated natural gas and electricity rates being so volatile, we’re giving Albertans the ability to take greater control of their home heating and cooling systems and providing them with one of the best energy plans in the province,” said Tanis Kozak, vice president and general manager, Canada Residential, Direct Energy. “The Nest Learning thermostat is an innovative product that could allow new Direct Energy customers to see significant savings on their energy bills while enjoying the benefits of a competitive gas and electric energy plan.”
The utility calls the 5-year plan and Nest thermostat package an “industry-leading offer”, as customers pay a flexible natural gas price with a winter cap and an electricity price that is fixed for the five-year term of the contract.
“Direct Energy is a progressive energy company that clearly understands the value that Nest provides,” said Erik Charlton, Nest vice president of Business. “The 5-Year Comfort and Control Dual Fuel plan, which comes with a Nest Learning thermostat, is a great example of Direct Energy’s commitment to helping customers use energy wisely.”