June 24, 2019

GMP launches smart water-heater controls, thermostats

Green Mountain Power’s new eSmartwater program includes an Aquanta smart water heater controller lets customers heat water only when it’s needed. The Aquanta, installed on existing water heaters, communicates with a mobile app that gives consumers the ability to control and monitor hot water usage.

The eSmartwater program also includes a Nest Learning Thermostat that provides remote monitoring and control of your home’s temperature.

“This is another step forward in radically transforming the grid to a system that is more cost-effective and home-, business- and community-based,” said Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell. “As an energy transformation company, GMP is committed to leveraging the latest technologies to drive down costs for customers, while empowering customers to increase comfort and reduce fossil fuel use. This new program builds on our work with Tesla and others to shave peak demand costs, saving money and reducing reliance on the bulk grid system.”

The eSmartwater program is 99 cents per month for both the Aquanta and Nest Thermostat. The Nest Thermostat alone saves an average of $131 to $145 in annual savings per customer, according to GMP. The company will partner with local contractors for installation.

“This is an important partnership that will allow us to offer a compelling connected home bundle to Vermonters, enabling them to save energy and reduce their carbon emissions” said Hannah Bascom, who leads regulated energy partnerships for Nest labs.

The Nest Thermostat’s core semiconductor is manufactured at the GlobalFoundries plant in Essex Junction.

For more information on the eSmartwater program and to sign up, visit: http://products.greenmountainpower.com/product/esmartwater/.

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