TXU Energy unveils iThermostat


Jim Burke,
TXU Energy
Dallas, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 19, 2008 – TXU Energy has introduced its new energy conservation product – the TXU Energy iThermostat™, which replaces a customer’s old thermostat with one designed to manage home energy use, save money and help the environment from any device connected to the Internet. It also allows TXU Energy to manage electric use during periods of peak energy demand.

“Our focus is on helping customers control their energy use so they can save money,” said Jim Burke, chief executive officer, TXU Energy. “Combined with the TXU Energy Conservation program, this new tool will help accomplish that and help the environment at the same time.”

The TXU Energy iThermostat benefits include:
Customer control: At home, from work or on the road, a customer can control his home’s heating and cooling system from any Internet-connected device.
Save money: Settings can be adjusted for weekdays and weekends, with up to four programmable periods a day. Depending on use and settings, customers can save as much as $150 every year in energy costs.
Help the environment: The TXU Energy iThermostat helps the environment by allowing TXU Energy to manage peak electric use, which can prevent power interruptions and help keep prices down.

The iThermostat is free to eligible customers in the Oncor Electric Delivery service area who participate in the TXU Energy Conservation Program. This program allows TXU Energy to cycle a customer’s heating and air conditioning system on and off during periods of peak energy demand — typically between the hours of 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. from May through September. However, customers have ultimate control and can easily override a cycle period from any web-enabled computer or by calling TXU Energy.

The iThermostat, in conjunction with the TXU Energy Conservation Program, represents one of the nation’s first Internet-based electricity demand response programs. It uses broadband Internet service and ZigBee® technology. ZigBee is a low-power, short-distance wireless standard that has great possibilities in applications from home automation to industrial control. iThermostat was developed in partnership with Comverge, Inc., a provider of clean energy solutions, and Digi International, a specialist in device networking.