When it comes to residential demand side management programs, utilities are used to paying for everything themselves (customer recruitment, hardware, installation, software, and after sales support). But recently, utilities are starting to think about simply rebating ‘smart grid ready’ products that consumers are already comfortable purchasing through existing channels. It makes sense - millions of non-communicating thermostats are installed by HVAC contractors every year – why not harness the power of this channel rather than work against it? A relatively simple utility incentive program could convert these inevitable thermostat installations from conventional standalone devices to networked smart grid assets.
Emerson’s offering is well aligned with this new philosophy. Not only do we have the technology, but we also have a coast-to-coast network of HVAC contractor customers who are willing and able to sell your customers these energy management solutions. The only thing they’re waiting for are utility incentives or variable rates, both of which would fuel broad consumer adoption of HAN technology. Emerson can work with your team to help implement an appropriate rebate program with our HVAC distributor and contractor partners.