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Nest Labs have announced a new initiative with the goal of helping to tackle the issue of energy poverty.

The company aims to install 1 million Nest Thermostats through income-qualified programmes in low and moderate income households in North America.

Together with government, non-profit and utility partners, Nest aims to increase access to energy-saving devices in low and moderate income households by providing the 1 million Nest Thermostats to income-qualified programmes.

Matt Rogers, Chief Product Officer at Nest, said: ”Since 2011, we have helped millions of customers across the world save over 15 billion kWh of energy — the equivalent of providing electricity to all the homes in New York State for over 100 days.

“This is based on independent studies that show an average of 10% to 12% savings in heating and 15 % in cooling in the U.S. We’re excited to make our products available to a whole new set of customers with this newest effort.”

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reports that low-income families living in major metropolitan areas experience a median energy burden of 7.2%, compared to 2.3% of higher-income households in those areas. Smart thermostats can help address this disparity, but the upfront cost of purchasing a device is still out of reach for many.

Ray Judy of the National Association of State Community Service Programmes, added: “The need for income-qualified energy savings programmes is well documented, and government assistance initiatives consistently receive broad support.

“We’re thrilled that companies like Nest are becoming involved – the technology, support and network of a nationwide energy services company will help existing programmes serve even more Americans.”

Partners will receive special pricing on devices to install the Nest Thermostat E in homes of income-qualified customers who are eligible to receive the device at little or no cost.

“ComEd is proud to be the first partner to join Nest’s new initiative, as it will help us continue to reach our energy efficiency goals by encouraging the adoption of advanced technology in low and moderate income homes, precisely those who can most benefit from the savings,” said Val Jensen, vice president of customer operations at ComEd. “The goals of this initiative align with ComEd’s commitment to ensuring all of our customers have access to energy savings technology.”

Nest is currently recruiting additional partners throughout North America to participate in the new initiative. To learn more, contact Nest at for-everyone@nest.com to get started.