TORONTO and AUGUSTA, Maine — ecobee has announced a new partnership with Electricity Maine and Thayer Corp. to conduct a pilot project as part of the Efficiency Maine Innovation Program. For this project, select small- to medium-size businesses (SMB) in Maine will be provided with ecobee’s Wi-Fi connected Energy Management System Si (EMS Si) thermostat, at no cost, so they can better manage their energy consumption, which in turn will reduce costs.

Electricity Maine will select Maine businesses to participate in the pilot project and Thayer will install the EMS Si. Using ecobee’s proprietary DataRhythm Technology™, the thermostat will track real-time information related to occupancy schedules, building performance, HVAC system run times, and local weather conditions in order to optimize for energy efficiency. The companies will also be able to view energy usage data and reports to better understand and manage their organization’s energy consumption.

“Being selected for this pilot project will show SMBs how they can improve operations by using an energy management system like ours,” said Stuart Lombard, president and CEO, ecobee. “We know participants will not only achieve significant energy savings with ecobee EMS Si, but they’ll find it much easier to manage their HVAC system and improve overall efficiencies, positively impacting their bottom line.”

According to ecobee, the EMS Si also offers remote monitoring and reporting, making management of multiple locations easier and cost efficient. If there is an HVAC problem, automatic alerts will be sent to the business’s secure ecobee web portal or smartphone app so problems can be identified and resolved quickly. Businesses will also have the choice to add automation to their system, which, for example, can control temperature settings when a door is left open, or allow the business to receive alerts if an area of the commercial property, like a freezer, isn’t at the correct temperature.

“We’re excited to work with ecobee and their partners on a promising pilot that has the potential to provide companies with useful data to help them better manage their energy needs,” said Michael Stoddard, executive director, Efficiency Maine. “When businesses are more keenly aware of their energy consumption and patterns, they can make better operational, staffing, and capital investment decisions.”

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Publication date: 9/16/2013

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