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Smart Thermostat Pilot Program

Smart Thermostat Pilot Program

Benefits of taking part: rebates and more!

We are running a pilot program with Vancity to learn what energy and cost savings can be achieved in single family, duplex, and townhomes by using a smart thermostat.

The pilot study runs from September 2015 to December 2016. It will help us learn:

  • How much energy and greenhouse gas savings smart thermostats can help achieve
  • People's attitudes and adoption of smart thermostats 
  • Types of homes and demographics best suited to realizing the benefits of smart thermostats

Applications to take part are now closed.

What is a smart thermostat?

Smart thermostats can learn from your behaviours or sense when you're home, adjusting temperature accordingly, and automatically allowing you to control the climate of your home remotely.

You can tell a smart thermostat to turn off after you leave the house for work, and then spring back into action in just enough time to make the house nice and toasty or cool and comfortable depending on the season, by the time you to get home.

Program details

In order to qualify for the pilot program, your home must be:

  • Located in the City of Vancouver
  • A single-family detached dwelling, a duplex, row home or townhome
  • Heated with a gas forced air system, for example: standard, mid-efficiency, or high-efficiency gas furnace 
  • Include a router powered-up continuously for WiFi connection
  • Occupied for more than 11 months of the program period
  • The regular residence of the occupant, not a vacation property

In addition, you must:

  • Be 19 years of age or older
  • Have an email account
  • Have a FortisBC residential account for the residence and either be:
    • The beneficial owner of the residence;
    • Or the legal tenant at the residence and have the authority to install the equipment either as a condition of your lease or you have the written consent of the owner of the residence to install the equipment and for the owner of the residence to acquire title to the equipment
  • Be able to provide a minimum 12 months of utility consumption data from FortisBC
  • Not have completed a home energy renovation within the last 12 months 
  • Not be planning a home energy renovation within the 12 months following application / program period
  1. Confirm you are eligible, select your preferred thermostat, then apply for the pilot.
  2. If you are selected for the pilot, you will be notified which thermostat you can purchase.
  3. Purchase your smart thermostat.
  4. Install the thermostat yourself or hire a professional. Send proof of registration of the thermostat with the manufacturer to the City. Installation must be complete within 20 days of being notified which thermostat you can purchase.
  5. Complete two surveys over the course of the pilot.
  6. Provide utility data for the previous 12 months and for the duration of the pilot.

Smart thermostat details

Program thermostat details

Find details on the smart thermostat you selected for the pilot program, including links to installation guides and online tutorials.

What you need to know

Program details for participants

Accepted in the pilot? Know how to get your rebates, how to send us your energy use data, and other program details.

Contact us about the Smart Thermostat Pilot Program


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