About the rebate
A smart thermostat will not only let you adjust your home’s temperature anytime and anywhere, but using the scheduling features to stay comfortable while managing the energy your home's heating and cooling system during on-peak periods can lower your bill.
To learn more, visit Smart Thermostat Frequently asked questions and Approved Smart Thermostat Models. Or if you want to know more about your rebate, call us at 877-576-5272 or email GreenChoice@aps.com. Please allow one to two billing cycles to receive your bill credit.
According to ENERGY STAR®, the average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills - nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. Smart thermostats are the latest technology designed to help you save energy on heating and cooling. These internet-connected devices take your old standard programmable thermostat to the next level in several ways: they give you the ability to “communicate” with your thermostat from anywhere, some can detect the occupancy of a space, and some can create a virtual perimeter around your home so they know when you’re close to home. Some smart thermostats also have the added feature to control your HVAC system automatically by learning your schedule and behavior over time. These smart features help make your home comfortable while keeping your bills low.
Plus, selected smart thermostats qualify for a $30 rebate from APS.
Click here for a current list of approved models. Thermostats must be new; refurbished or used smart thermostats are not eligible for APS credits.
Note: Not all smart thermostats are the same. The features of smart thermostats can vary widely. To make sure that you are satisfied with your smart thermostat, be sure to review all the features in order to determine which are best suited for your circumstances and your home.
1. You must be an APS customer and your connected thermostat must be installed in your home in APS service territory.
2. Your smart thermostat(s) must have been purchased and activated after December 31, 2017.
3. Your thermostat must be new; refurbished or used smart thermostats are not eligible.
4. Credit amounts are limited to one thermostat per AC system (up to 5 systems per home).
1. NOTE: If you have more than one system and want to apply for your second or subsequent credit, and you have a qualified Lux, Honeywell, Radio Thermostat, ecobee or Sensi thermostat, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. If you are installing more than one qualified Nest, Vivint, or Alarm.com thermostat, any additional thermostat you set up will be automatically submitted for additional credit(s).
2. Smart thermostat(s) must be connected to the internet and be registered online with the manufacturer.
1. Purchase any new smart thermostat from the approved list. Refurbished or used products are not eligible.
2. Install and register your thermostat following the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Click here and follow the instructions.
4. Allow one to two billing cycles to receive your bill credit
5. If you have additional questions about your rebate, please call us at 877-576-5272 or email us at greenteamVM@apsc.com
Energy savings vary greatly based on home characteristics and climate conditions. However, a typical home in APS territory can save up to 15% on electricity costs when the smart thermostat is set for savings and it maintains those settings. Smart thermostats can help you maintain the ideal temperature settings for energy savings without even thinking about it so you’re always comfortable and saving money.
Internet-connected smart thermostats still should be programmed as a starting point. ENERGY STAR® recommends the following starting points for setting energy-saving temperatures.
If your smart thermostat has the “learning” feature, it will calculate the amount of time required to cool or heat the house so that it will reach that temperature at the set time. By “examining” the performance of the previous few days, learning thermostats keep track of your schedule and the seasons. In this way, your house is always comfortable when occupied but saving the most energy when unoccupied. Once your thermostat learns your patterns, it puts your heating and cooling on autopilot.
Remember: For every degree warmer you set your thermostat, you can expect to save 2% to 3% on your energy cooling costs.
There are a variety of smart thermostat options and features available. The following is a brief description of terminology and features used by most smart thermostat manufacturers.
All smart thermostats are internet-connected, meaning they can be controlled remotely with a smart phone or computer. Three features that differentiate one smart thermostat from another are: occupancy sensing, geofencing and “learning” capability. Any one of these features or a combination can be offered by smart thermostat manufacturers in order to optimize your home’s comfort while minimizing your energy consumption.
Connected: Web-based, internet-connected, WiFi-enabled and cloud-based are all terms used to describe the ability to control your thermostat remotely via smart phone, tablet or computer. One major advantage of new smart thermostats is the development of intuitive programming screens or online dashboards that make them much easier to set up your home’s cooling and heating schedules and preferences.
Occupancy sensing: Occupancy sensors inside the thermostat or remote sensors placed throughout your home detect motion and therefore the occupancy of a space. They can trigger the HVAC system to automatically adjust to your “at home” settings when you are there or “away” settings when you’re gone.
Geofencing: By using your smart phone to track your whereabouts, smart thermostats can detect if you are within a set proximity of your home and trigger the HVAC system to automatically adjust to your programmed settings. Users set up this virtual fence or “geofence” around their home using the smart thermostat application.
Learning: Learning thermostats may also use home sensors and/or geofencing, but have the added benefit of learning the characteristics of your home, your schedule, and even using weather forecasts to optimize your home’s temperature, keeping you comfortable when you’re home and saving energy when you’re not.
Smart thermostats should work with most equipment, although some high-efficiency heating and cooling systems may work only with designated models. To make sure that you’re purchasing a smart thermostat that works with your equipment, be sure to check with the manufacturer.