Ameren to put 300,000 smart thermostats in customer homes, businesses

Ameren to put 300,000 smart thermostats in customer

 Free devices available for income-eligible customers

SPRINGFIELD (May 24, 2018) – Building on its commitment to help customers become more energy-efficient, Ameren Illinois recently announced an initiative to put 300,000 smart thermostats in customer homes and business.

Ameren Illinois Chairman and President Richard J. Mark was joined by Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Chairman Brian Sheahan, as well as representatives from the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and leading manufacturers ecobee and Nest in announcing the plan May 16 in East St. Louis.

Ameren Illinois customers can purchase a qualified Energy Star smart thermostat and apply online to receive a $100 discount in the mail. An instant smart thermostat rebate and an online marketplace will be available in the next few weeks to make the process even easier for customers to save. Rebates are being provided to customers through energy efficiency program funding approved by the ICC under the Future Energy Jobs Act.

The initiative also seeks to get smart thermostats into the residences of income-eligible customers. Those qualified can now have one of the devices installed for free as part of the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program. “When the Future Energy Job  Act was passed, we made a bold commitment to ensure that benefits of energy efficiency would be available to all of our customers, especially those with limited financial means,” said Mark. “With today’s announcement, we’re living up to that promise. Putting 300,000 smart thermostats in customer homes and businesses is an ambitious goal, but we’re confident that with the collaboration of our partners we can make that vision a reality.”

Use of a smart thermostat can save between 10 and 15 percent on heating and cooling costs. The devices enable customers to adjust settings on the go via smartphone apps. Additionally, many smart thermostat models can sense when the residents are away from home and automatically modify the temperature, further reducing energy usage.

“Smart thermostats will empower Ameren Illinois residential and business customers to better manage their energy usage, and give them more control over their monthly bill,” said Sheahan. “On behalf of Governor Bruce Rauner and the ICC, we applaud Ameren Illinois for continuing the state’s more than 100-year tradition of leadership on energy issues by embracing new innovation and technology, like smart thermostats, that help our state reach its energy efficiency goals.”

“Smart thermostats help customers to stop cooling and heating empty homes,” said Rob Kelter, senior attorney for the ELPC. “With this initiative, Ameren Illinois is stepping up to help its customers save money and reduce pollution at the same time.”

“We applaud the commitment that Ameren Illinois is making here today and are thrilled to offer the Ameren Illinois customers a better way to save on their energy bill and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee, which produced the world’s first smart wi-fi thermostat.

Over the past nine years, Ameren Illinois has helped its customers reduce their energy usage by nearly 12 million megawatt-hours, saving them approximately $781 million. This improved energy efficiency has enabled Ameren Illinois customers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 8.3 metric tons — the equivalent of taking nearly 1.8 million cars off the road for a year.

To learn more about the program or apply for smart thermostat rebates, visit amerenillinoissavings.com. Income-eligible customers can also find the home energy audit application on that website or call (866) 838-6918.

Pictured, from left, are Dave Bend of Nest; Jackie Asch of ecobee; Kristol Simms of Ameren Illinois; Richard Mark, president of Ameren Illinois; Illinois Commerce Chairman Brien Sheahan; and Rob Kelter of Environmental Law and Policy Center.