14_49_41_124_alt_banner Ecobee Pilot Project

Have you heard the buzz about the ecobee3 pilot project?

The ecobee3 is a new “smart” thermostat that allows you to:
• Control your thermostat from your smartphone or computer
• Understand your energy consumption in real time.
• Improve the efficiency of your home.

A programmable thermostat, its design is sleek and modern. It functions intuitively and all on a touch screen, like your smartphone or tablet.




Why is Tideland EMC offering Ocracoke Island residents the ecobee 3?

There are two reasons:

First, we are committed to helping you find ways to save energy and money, and we think this thermostat will do both of those things. Energystar.gov estimates that homes with programmable thermostats can save up to $180/year in heating and cooling costs, but the thermostats have to be programmed correctly. The technology behind the smart ecobee3 thermostat makes programming and controlling your thermostat easy and, well… kind of fun!

Second, after installation is complete, your ecobee3 will receive signals from Tideland EMC's power supplier during times when electric demand is greatest and therefore most expensive. In the summer, this usually happens a few times a month in the late afternoon when temperatures and humidity are high. In winter, this usually happens in the early morning hours between the hours of 6 am and 9 am.

Our signals, which will be accompanied by a message to your thermostat and an e-mail, will raise in the summer and lower in the winter the temperature of your thermostat by a few degrees, but never to a level that is uncomfortable. And you always have the option to override the signal and continue operating your ecobee3 at your desired temperature.

By lowering energy use throughout our system during times of peak demand, we are able to lower our power costs. Because electric cooperatives are not-for-profit, those savings are passed on to you.

How much do the thermostats cost?

While the ecobee3 retails for $249, the first 300 units on Ocracoke Island will be free due to our participation in a pilot project with North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation. The one-time setup fee is $60. After the first 12 months you will receive a $4 a month credit on your electric bill for your continued participation in this pilot project as long as the thermostat remains connected to WiFi. 

Who is eligible?

If you are a cooperative member in good standing with Wi-Fi connectivity in your Ocracoke Island home, you are an eligible participant. You must have a central air conditioning system or heat pump.

Why would I want to participate?

This program is designed to help members become more energy aware. It will help members lower their power bills by using energy more efficiently and by reducing the energy consumed during peak times when wholesale power costs are highest.

Still have more questions?

Download the full member agreement below or call our office at 1.800.637.1079 and we’ll be glad to answer your questions.

Ecobee Member Agreement - Ocracoke Pilot Project