The City of Vancouver is launching its trial program for smart thermostats.
The devices can sense when you’re home and learn from your behaviour, adjusting temperature accordingly or allowing you to control it remotely.
The test run would give those living in single-family, duplex, and town homes the chance to try them.
In turn, the city would see if they make a difference in the user’s energy output.
Doug Smith from the city’s sustainability department says they are easy to install.
“The thermostat works with your existing systems. All you need, really, to make these thermostats work properly is connection through a WiFi to the internet, because that’s how it captures the data and learns.
“Other than that, you don’t need to install new furnaces or anything like that. In fact, we don’t want somebody to install new furnaces. We want them to kind of do business as usual.”
Participants have to buy a Nest, Honeywell Lyric, or Ecobee3 brand smart meter. In exchange, they’ll get a $125 rebate.
You can sign up at the city’s website.