Cape Light Compact and People Power Launch Smart A/C Savings Program, Free for Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard Residents
The program is seeking residential participants on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard to save money and earn rewards by remotely reducing energy use
Barnstable, MA – June 14, 2017 – Cape Light Compact has partnered with Internet of Things (IoT) software company and makers of Presence, People Power, to debut its new Smart A/C Savings program. Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard residents can sign up for the free program, which enables them to reduce their air conditioning use directly from a smart phone or tablet and in turn, reduces strain on the electric grid during the hottest days of the year.
“A significant portion of electricity consumption in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard is concentrated primarily during hot summer days due to increasing air conditioning use,” said Maggie Downey, Cape Light Compact Administrator. “This places stress on the grid, significantly raises the price of energy year-round and increases the risk of blackouts. The solution doesn’t require expensive technology – it’s as simple as giving people access to information about their own energy use and engaging them through the Presence app to make small adjustments in how they conserve energy over time.”
The Smart A/C Savings Program enables users to monitor and control their smart thermostat from a smartphone or tablet through People Power’s free Presence app. To participate, users with central A/C systems need an eligible Wi-Fi thermostat (CentraLite Pearl, Honeywell Lyric Round (2nd Generation) or Honeywell T-5 or T-6). Rebates are available for those who do not currently own one of the approved smart thermostats. Residents with mini-split heat pumps who wish to participate will receive a free Sensibo Sky device worth $99.
From June through September between the hours of 10 am – 9 pm, when air conditioning electric load is at its peak, Cape Light Compact may call a Demand Response Event, in which it will automatically increase air conditioning temperatures by +2 to +4 degrees. Participants will receive a notification via email and an in-app message prior to each Event and can override the automatic set point adjustments at any time to meet their cooling needs. Participants will be rewarded with a $25 Visa gift card if they participate in at least 75 percent of Demand Response Events called by Cape Light Compact.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for residents of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard to not only save money on their monthly energy bill, but also take a step toward the connected home,” said Gene Wang, CEO of People Power. “Presence gives users access and control of their HVAC systems right from their mobile device and does double duty by transforming old smartphones and tablets into home security cameras for free.”
The program is currently open for enrollment. For more information about the Smart A/C Savings Program, including eligibility requirements and a sign-up link, visit https://www.capelightcompact.org/smart-ac/.
About Cape Light Compact
Cape Light Compact is an award-winning energy services organization operated by the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply and green power options. For more information, visit www.capelightcompact.org.
About People Power
Founded in 2009, People Power Company is an award-winning software company with unique expertise and success in creating mobile and cloud technology. The People Power IoT Suite enables rapid IoT device and program connection, engagement, delivery and management for digital service providers, telecoms and manufacturers. Bringing Artificial Intelligence to IoT for recurring revenues in security, energy and care services, its ready-made cloud and mobile software stacks connect consumers to valued lifestyle experiences. Services from concept through commercial release enabled by People Power are available as white-label solutions for customers around the world. For more information, visit www.peoplepowerco.com.