TXU Energy Announces IThermostat

Posted: Jun 23 2008, 8:25am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:57am CDT, in News | Other Stuff


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I have heard some interesting ways to save energy and reduce your electric bills, which are traditionally huge in Texas this time of year thanks to the sweltering heat. TXU Energy has a new product that it says can help save users money. The iThermostat allows customers to access the thermostat remotely from any Internet connected device and change the temperature inside the home. Exactly how the device connects to the Internet is unclear, I'm betting WiFi is built-in.

The catch is twofold though, it says you can save up to $150 per year, which is hardly something to write home about. TXU is aiming the iThermostat at helping customers save money and helping to reduce the energy usage of TXU as a whole in times of increased demand.

That means that users of the iThermostat give TXU the ability to actually turn off the users AC system in times of increased demand. What seems to not be taken into account here is that times of increased demand tend to be the hottest days. If TXU turns your system off you have to call them to get it turned back on. TXU says that customers using the device can have their system turned off typically between the hours of 1pm and 7pm May through September. The thermostat is free to those who sign up for the service in TXU areas.


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