HRAI shares concerns over smart thermostat program
September 22, 2017
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) issued a statement in early September regarding GreenON as well as the Direct Install program for adaptive (smart) thermostats. HRAI noted that if the benefits of the technology are to be realized, products of this type must be installed by properly trained professionals. The organization urged GreenON to ensure that delivery partners responsible for the installation of eligible products meet the same quality standard, as its members.
The $40-million GreenON Installations Program includes the installation of a smart thermostat for free in 100,000 households. Residents living in multi-residential buildings are not eligible to take part and existing smart thermostats cannot be replaced through this program.
Installations will begin in 2018. In addition to doing the installation, program representatives will show homeowners how to use the thermostat. He or she will also provide customized low carbon, energy-saving solutions for the home.
Registrations in some areas of the province had reached capacity shortly after the program was announced. The program offers three different smart thermostat brands: Honeywell, Ecobee and Nest.
The GreenON Installations program is being delivered by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).