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FREE NEST Thermostat - Sign up Service w. Direct Energy - ALBERTA ONLY

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FREE NEST Thermostat - Sign up Service w. Direct Energy - ALBERTA ONLY

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Choose the 5-year Dual Fuel plan for your Alberta electricity and natural gas needs and receive a Nest Learning Thermostat™

Sign up for the Comfort & Control Plan with Direct Energy and you’ll get a $249 Nest Learning Thermostat at no cost.

The 5-Year Comfort & Control Dual Fuel Plan includes:
A fixed rate of 8.59¢/kWh for your Alberta electricity that won't change for the entirety of your 5-year contract term - guaranteed
Flex-through Alberta natural gas with the security of a winter cap of $5.99/GJ*
A Nest Learning Thermostat™ - valued at $249 - at no additional cost**

T&C:
This offer is only available to residents of Alberta who do not currently have a contract with Direct Energy. Members of gas co-ops, municipally owned gas utilities and some Rural Electrical Associations are not eligible for this offer. May not be combined with other offers or promotions and is subject to other terms and conditions. **A Device Cost Recovery Fee of $200 will be charged for early cancellation of the Plan. *Our Flex-Through Natural Gas price is based on the monthly average daily gas price for Alberta traded as reported by the Natural Gas Exchange, plus a fee of $2.00/GJ for buying gas on your behalf. The winter cap of $5.99/GJ for natural gas applies from November 1st through March 31st each year of your contract term. 1Your Nest will be shipped 30-60 days after contract sign up. You are not required to purchase natural gas, electricity or other goods and services from Direct Energy to be entitled to receive regulated natural gas services or regulated electricity services from a regulated provider in your service territory.
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Direct Energy is scum......
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5-years with Direct Energy for a free Nest is a joke. I was with Direct when I moved into my new house a few years ago, and I was being billed on average about $230-240 a month during the Winter time. I ended up switching to Enmax, and the following Winter I noticed my bill dropped to just under $200 month. I also didn't change my habits either.

Actually, it might be worth it to get the Nest and then cancel. They charge $200 to recover the cost of the device. Last time I checked, the Nest was $250 in stores.
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I don't need that overhyped nest pos. My 5 year old honeywell works just fine with zigbee.
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I live in Alberta and pay 7.15¢/kWh through Spot Power until December 2016, with no contract.

Assuming that I consume 600 kWh/month, Direct Energy's "deal" would cost me $500 more over 60 months. And that's not even factoring in their overpriced gas contract which is sold at market rate + $2/GJ.

Direct Energy is overpriced and their door-to-door sales tactics have resulted in many complaints in this province. There are better options.
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DirectEnergy is the worst company around...avoid at all costs.
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igob8a wrote: I don't need that overhyped nest pos. My 5 year old honeywell works just fine with zigbee.
That's nice, but the Nest is one of the best options for people that want a wifi enabled thermostat and don't have a C-wire coming from their furnace. Most newer homes don't have a C-wire connected to the furnace, which is used for power by many other wifi enabled thermostats. The Nest trickles power when the Furnace/AC is running, and a C-wire is not required for the install.
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Five years is a long damn time.

The fixed gas rates on pretty much all contracts are interesting too.

They are better than Just Energy at least.
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fudge_u wrote: That's nice, but the Nest is one of the best options for people that want a wifi enabled thermostat and don't have a C-wire coming from their furnace. Most newer homes don't have a C-wire connected to the furnace, which is used for power by many other wifi enabled thermostats. The Nest trickles power when the Furnace/AC is running, and a C-wire is not required for the install.
Do you own a nest? Cause I do and what you've wrote isn't that accurate.

Cause this is partially true and false. Nests can and may work without the C wire. A lot of people have found that over time the nest receives enough voltage to trigger your fan on and off but not enough to stay on and too much to stay off. It loses it's resistance over time without getting it's own power from a c wire. Also some people have had battery issues without a c wire. New homes do have a c wire. They usually have a total of 4... Fan, heat, ac, and c in simple terms. Even though the nest may work fine without the c for some people, others have had to pull a new line or make a swap with G or another wire depending on your setup. This all being said, it's better to have a c wire than not to have it.

Also... The nest is cool and works well. It's a pretty big investment for $250. It's debatable on how energy efficient it is. Really depends on the household. I definitely wouldn't want to lock in with a energy company for 5 years just to get one for "free"

Some more info for the g to c swap. You lose manual fan control, forgot to mention. So for ac you'll have to jumper the y and g for ac compressor and fan. In case any of you are thinking of getting a nest. It's something to consider in case it happens
https://community.nest.com/thread/1913
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dukati wrote: Do you own a nest? Cause I do and what you've wrote isn't that accurate.

Cause this is partially true and false. Nests can and may work without the C wire. A lot of people have found that over time the nest receives enough voltage to trigger your fan on and off but not enough to stay on and too much to stay off. It loses it's resistance over time without getting it's own power from a c wire. Also some people have had battery issues without a c wire. New homes do have a c wire. They usually have a total of 4... Fan, heat, ac, and c in simple terms. Even though the nest may work fine without the c for some people, others have had to pull a new line or make a swap with G or another wire depending on your setup. This all being said, it's better to have a c wire than not to have it.

Also... The nest is cool and works well. It's a pretty big investment for $250. It's debatable on how energy efficient it is. Really depends on the household. I definitely wouldn't want to lock in with a energy company for 5 years just to get one for "free"

Some more info for the g to c swap. You lose manual fan control, forgot to mention. So for ac you'll have to jumper the y and g for ac compressor and fan. In case any of you are thinking of getting a nest. It's something to consider in case it happens
https://community.nest.com/thread/1913
Yes I do have a Nest. Installed almost two years ago without a C-wire. I've looked at a few newer homes built within the last 10 years, and none of them had a C-Wire connected to the furnace. My home was the newest of the bunch, built in 2010.

I'll admit that I don't fully understand how the Nest receives its power without a C-wire, but my understanding was, it steals power when the furnace/AC is running. Thanks for the clarification. As far as I know, I haven't run into any issues yet.

Just checked my battery voltage after looking at the thread posted in the Nest forum, and it shows that it's at 3.82v. That's without connecting C-wire, or doing the work around with the G-wire.

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Enmax is at 8.9% fixed electricity right now. This seems like a pretty good deal but I'd have to compare my gas to this. Is there anything I'm missing?
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WeaponR wrote: Enmax is at 8.9% fixed electricity right now. This seems like a pretty good deal but I'd have to compare my gas to this. Is there anything I'm missing?
Yes, Direct Energy adds $2 per gigajoule as a flow-through fee.

For electricity, check out spotpower.net - they're based in Calgary and charge under 8¢/kWh With no contract required. The only gotcha is that they're completely online for billing and support. I've been a customer for about three years.
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May 9, 2007
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dukati wrote: Do you own a nest? Cause I do and what you've wrote isn't that accurate.

Cause this is partially true and false. Nests can and may work without the C wire. A lot of people have found that over time the nest receives enough voltage to trigger your fan on and off but not enough to stay on and too much to stay off. It loses it's resistance over time without getting it's own power from a c wire. Also some people have had battery issues without a c wire. New homes do have a c wire. They usually have a total of 4... Fan, heat, ac, and c in simple terms. Even though the nest may work fine without the c for some people, others have had to pull a new line or make a swap with G or another wire depending on your setup. This all being said, it's better to have a c wire than not to have it.

Also... The nest is cool and works well. It's a pretty big investment for $250. It's debatable on how energy efficient it is. Really depends on the household. I definitely wouldn't want to lock in with a energy company for 5 years just to get one for "free"

Some more info for the g to c swap. You lose manual fan control, forgot to mention. So for ac you'll have to jumper the y and g for ac compressor and fan. In case any of you are thinking of getting a nest. It's something to consider in case it happens
https://community.nest.com/thread/1913
yeah I had to install a C wire for my nest, it was reporting low bat and not updating online. Luckily there was a spare wire i was able to hook up for the C line. Been fine since.
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Jan 22, 2007
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Direct Energy usually offers 4000 Aeroplan miles for signup. We switched a few months ago they were credited with a couple weeks. Switched right back to Enmax since there is no exit fees and you can keep the miles.

If you want a promo for Direct Energy I'd suggest waiting for the aeroplan miles to come back. They have dismal customer service and shady pricing. Five years is a long time...
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Jan 31, 2008
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I signed up for this yesterday.

Natural gas is $5.99 CAP for the Nov - March, which are the colder months. So I think it's worth it since I saw ours go above $5.99 last month. I called in and the $5.99 includes the $2 fee. I logged into Enmax and their fixed is also $5.99.
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fudge_u wrote: That's nice, but the Nest is one of the best options for people that want a wifi enabled thermostat and don't have a C-wire coming from their furnace. Most newer homes don't have a C-wire connected to the furnace, which is used for power by many other wifi enabled thermostats. The Nest trickles power when the Furnace/AC is running, and a C-wire is not required for the install.
Can't you just install this?
http://www.prothermostats.com/product.p ... uct=173895
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WeaponR wrote: Enmax is at 8.9% fixed electricity right now. This seems like a pretty good deal but I'd have to compare my gas to this. Is there anything I'm missing?
Yeah, everyone is missing that Enmax is giving $100 each year for combined electricity and gas. So, in the long run you just financing the NEST thermostat by going to Direct Energy. I prefer cash in my pocket and the ease of switching plans online with Easymax. If I need a NEST I am sure RFD will have some good deal posted throughout the year. :)

https://www.enmax.com/sign-up/res-easym ... se-product
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bubble_tea wrote: I signed up for this yesterday.

Natural gas is $5.99 CAP for the Nov - March, which are the colder months. So I think it's worth it since I saw ours go above $5.99 last month. I called in and the $5.99 includes the $2 fee. I logged into Enmax and their fixed is also $5.99.
The average gas price on the regulated rate has been around $3 for the last couple of years, and only this month's prices have spiked above $4 because of the unseasonably cold weather.

Check out these numbers for a good overview: http://www.gasalberta.com/pricing-market.htm

Paying a $2 per GJ premium (about 67%) for a guarantee that rates will be capped at $5.99 is probably going to be a very expensive mistake.
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retrothing wrote: I live in Alberta and pay 7.15¢/kWh through Spot Power until December 2016, with no contract.

Assuming that I consume 600 kWh/month, Direct Energy's "deal" would cost me $500 more over 60 months. And that's not even factoring in their overpriced gas contract which is sold at market rate + $2/GJ.

Direct Energy is overpriced and their door-to-door sales tactics have resulted in many complaints in this province. There are better options.
thanks for the tip on spot power... going to switch to them...

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