ConEd to Help NYC Residents Connect their Air Conditioner to their iOS Devices for Free
While we endure another hot summer, New York utility, ConEd, is once again looking to ease the load on its aging power grid by offering customers a free outlet adapter that will turn a standard window-mounted air condition into a WiFi-connected unit that can be controlled from an iPhone. As part of ConEdís coolNYC program, customers can sign up to receive up to five free smartAC kits, which normally retail for $120 each, from New York-based ThinkEco. The smartAC plugs in between the wall between the wall outlet and a window unit, connecting the outlet to the cloud and enabling remote control using a companion iOS app.
Consumers can turn individual window units on or off at any time and adjust the temperature, even after they have left their apartment by utilizing the app. The app also keeps track of power consumption and attempts to quantify the effect of easing off the thermostat by equating energy savings with reduced carbon dioxide emissions and gasoline consumption. Additional cloud-based software can be used to configure each smartAC kit to operate on a schedule. The target temperature could be automatically increased five minutes after a consumer typically leaves for work, for example, and decreased a few minutes before they usually arrive home.
It should be noted that the program does come with one stipulation. Consumers who receive the kits must agree to participate in ConEdís demand response program, which will automatically raise the target temperature of a connected unit when the utility believes demand will be highest, easing loads on the grid. ConEd says that they will notify users one day before any event, of which they anticipate up to five throughout the summer, and that consumers can opt out of each event individually if they want to.
As an incentive to participate, consumers will also receive a $25 gift card at the end of summer. Interested ConEd customers in New York can sign up at the following website: www.coolnycprogram.com/signup/
Source: coolNYC Program