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[Ontario] Free Smart Thermostat. [2017 is full, registering for 2018]

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[Ontario] Free Smart Thermostat. [2017 is full, registering for 2018]

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Update Oct 19: Confirmation emails are being sent to 2017 applicants.
Confirmed that you get to choose 1 of ecobee3 Lite, Nest E, or some crappy Honeywell.

For those asking ecobee3 Lite or Nest E. Here's my $0.02.

If you use iOS devices, should be a no-brainer, get the ecobee3 Lite.
+Supports remote sensors (sold separately)
+Supports HomeKit. "Siri, set the temperature to 22C" works natively with iOS devices.

If you're an Android person, slightly tougher decision.
+You can use google assistant voice commands to control the Nest E but won't be able to control the ecobee3 Lite (control through ecobee app). Google Assistant can control the ecobee now.
+No remote sensors for the Nest E (for now... I expect the (expensive) Nest Protect to be able to act as a remote sensor some day since it has a temperature sensor already so it should only be software update away from working)
+So do you value voice control of your thermostat more or having a remote temperature sensor (best to place in the room where you sleep)

My opinion is that the ecobee is much better than the Nest.
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Update Aug 31 9AM: Looks like the 2017 program is full. You can still register but you won't get contacted until 2018!
Thank you for registering for the GreenON Installations program! Due to high interest in your region, 2017 home installations are now full, but that doesn’t mean installations are stopping anytime soon. In early 2018, a GreenON Installations program representative will contact you. Part of process involves checking the eligibility and compatibility of your home with smart thermostats, and then, if you qualify, scheduling a home visit.

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From the same folks who brought you "Save on Energy" coupons, you can now get a free SMART thermostat.

https://greenon.ca/en/programs/greenon- ... &type=Home

Update: only 100,000 units available for 2017.
All gone.

Who can participate
If you are a homeowner or renter living in single-detached, semi-detached, townhome or row home you are eligible to take part in the program. If you rent, you will be contacted about submitting a landlord consent form. Likewise, if you are an owner or manager of a rental property you will need your tenant's permission to participate. Residents living in multi-residential buildings are not eligible to take part in the GreenON Installations program. Existing smart thermostats cannot be replaced through this program.

What you can get
Sign up for the GreenON Installations program and a program representative will come to your home, install a smart thermostat and show you how to use it. He or she will also provide you with customized low carbon, energy-saving solutions for your home.

GreenON Installations program representatives will only visit your home when an appointment has been made. No program representatives will come to your house without your consent.

The GreenON Installations program offers three different smart thermostat brands. Availability of exact makes and models are subject to change.
  • Ecobee
  • Honeywell
  • Nest

There seems to be some concerns about the legitimacy of the program. Here are a few news articles that talk about this government program:
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark ... ogram.html
http://www.680news.com/2017/08/30/eligi ... w-program/
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/ca ... ew-program

For the tinfoil hat folks

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People keep asking Ecobee3 or Nest? Here's a good summary. Don't pick the Honeywell!

https://allpowermoves.com/best-smart-thermostat/
Last edited by DogeMusk on Aug 30th, 2017 10:59 am, edited 21 times in total.
Thread Summary
Q: Can they control your temperature remotely as part of a green energy savings measure?
A: No one will be able to control your thermostat through the GreenON Installations program. [email protected]

Ecobee 3Lite - December 23, 2017 at 2:27:32 pm.
Ecobee3 Lite - Dec 19/17 (@vkizzle)
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Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
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Most likely have to be installed by a professional...$$$
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wchau85 wrote: Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
Looks likes it is free.... perhaps its one of these programs that dial back your ac use during peak times.
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wchau85 wrote: Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
Upsell...
2. Book an Appointment
A GreenON Installations program representative will call you to schedule an appointment. You will need to sign a participant agreement as well as agree to the smart thermostat manufacturer's term of use and privacy policy.

3. Home Visit
A program representative will arrive at your home as scheduled.

4. Home Energy Report
A customized home energy profile will be sent to you within a few weeks.
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wchau85 wrote: Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
Not when the government is involved - sometimes they just like giving out free stuff.
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wchau85 wrote: Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
vkizzle wrote: Upsell...
2. Book an Appointment
A GreenON Installations program representative will call you to schedule an appointment. You will need to sign a participant agreement as well as agree to the smart thermostat manufacturer's term of use and privacy policy.

3. Home Visit
A program representative will arrive at your home as scheduled.

4. Home Energy Report
A customized home energy profile will be sent to you within a few weeks.
The Green Ontario Fund is a not-for-profit provincial agency that invests proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market into climate actions that help people and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use cleaner technology to power their homes and workplaces.

The information gathered from the in-home energy review will be used to create a customized home energy profile that will be sent to you within a few weeks. This report will help you understand your energy usage and costs, suggesting ways to save energy and money by participating in other energy efficiency programs.

Once your program representative has completed the in-home energy review, they will provide you with an information pack with other energy conservation tips and programs to consider.
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+1 what's the catch?
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Awesome, thanks! Signed up, will see what happens.
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What's a smart thermostat?
GRAMMAR: The difference between "Feeling you're nuts." and "Feeling your nuts."
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RFD effect going to end this program soon...better hurry up folks!
Get the Ecobee3 if you're not sure which one to pick :)
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I called to ask about the participant agreement but the lady had no idea what I was talking about. Signed up anyways. Can always refuse it when they come to install it.
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So people in the know: Nest or Ecobee?
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No luck to try it out. The program is not for condo/apartment residents.
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treasureseeker3 wrote: What's a smart thermostat?
Answered at https://greenon.ca/smart-thermostats

Smart thermostats do the leg work of keeping your home comfortable as efficiently as possible. Using Wi-Fi technology, smart thermostats allow you to easily control the temperature of your home from anywhere – as long as you have a mobile device with you. Use a free app to heat or cool your home remotely, so you can return to a comfortable home. Or, simply change the temperature without having to get up from your couch.

Smart thermostats can also learn your schedule and preferences and automatically adapt to your lifestyle, to provide comfort when you’re at home and savings when you’re not. Other features include automatic energy saving adjustments and maintenance alerts, such as when to change your furnace filter and reports to let you know just how much you’re saving.
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Signed up and got email saying i'm registered... appt will be in the fall.
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After you fill out the form, the submit button does not work. It wont let you submit. Call them today at 11:20am, put it on hold for a while, then ask you to leave your name phone number. They will call you back.
I think it is too early to sign up. They are not ready yet.

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