Now that the Spurs have won the championship, it’s time to focus on the real heat that can lead to rising summer energy bills. CPS Energy is showcasing new technology and programs at its Energy Savings & Tech Tour, a series of events aimed at educating customers on how to lower the amount of energy they buy. Tonight’s tour stop is at TriPoint, 3233 N. St. Mary’s from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Four additional events take place through July 17.
The tour kicked off on June 10, attracting more than 200 customers on the same night of Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Participants learned about new energy saving technologies CPS Energy is offering, including a product featured on ABC News this week.
The Cool Energy Program SmartAC kit is a free wireless smart plug that works with an existing window AC unit and allows the customer to manage settings with a smartphone or computer.
Other energy efficient options include:
• Casa Verde weatherization program (free) – average of $5,000 in improvements decreases average bill by $27
• Friedrich’s Kühl Window AC unit – programmable unit to manage temperature settings
• Nest Learning Thermostat™ – learns temperature preferences and programs itself allowing customer to manage temperature with a smartphone or computer
• Home Manager (free) – saves an average of 10 percent by allowing customer to manage central AC, electric water heater and pool pump with a computer, smart phone or tablet
• Smart Thermostat (free) – Honeywell programmable thermostat allows customer to manage temperature using computer or laptop
Most of the products work with CPS Energy’s Demand Response program, which gives residential and commercial customers an opportunity to save while also providing greater reliability for the state grid. Customers receive a bill credit following the end of the season, which goes through September.
The tech tour also features Energy Savers rebates, smart grid technology, gas safety, and reliability education. Customers can bring their bills to talk to a Customer Service representative, and sign up for Manage My Account.
Mini solar car racing will provide entertainment for children, and presentations on smart grid technology and energy efficiency take place at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For more information, visit cpsenergy.com.