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Winners of CUB’s giveaway take home smart thermostats

schneiderthermostatCongratulations to Thomas, of Walnut, and Richard, of Mount Prospect, on winning CUB’s smart thermostat giveaway.

The two lucky winners beat out more than 2,000 other participants to take home the free, money-saving devices valued at about $250.

For Thomas, who is in the process of moving to Putnam, winning the smart thermostat means he can say goodbye to the old thermostat that’s been adorning the walls of his old home for years.

“The smart thermostat will be a great addition to the new house we’re moving into,” Thomas said. “It will be our first-ever smart device.”

The Schneider smart thermostat, pictured above, allows users to control their home’s temperature with their smartphone, tablet or laptop. It can save consumers up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.

“I’m looking forward to controlling my home’s temperature from my smartphone,” Richard said. “I can’t do that with the programmable thermostat I have now.”

Besides the power to control his home’s temperature, Richard also is excited to be adding onto his extensive hub of smart devices. The smart thermostat will be another tool he can use to save energy and money.

Even if you didn’t win, now is a good time to get a smart thermostat. Many Illinois utilities (ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore/Peoples Gas) offer residents a free personalized home energy assessment and installation of free or discounted energy-saving products–including a smart thermostat (the ecobee3).

The ecobee3 and Nest thermostats also are eligible for up to $120 in rebates for households that include WiFi, central air and a furnace. The rebates nearly cut the cost of the smart device in half.

Interested consumers should contact their utility to schedule an assessment:

Peoples/North Shore Gas: 1-844- 367-5867
Nicor Gas: 1-877-886-4239
ComEd: 1-855-433-2700