The number of customers enrolled in Southern California Gas Co.’s Smart Therm Program more than doubled between Jan. 4 and Monday, the company announced Thursday.
Approximately 9,100 customers were enrolled in the program that aims to conserve natural gas during cold weather event on Jan. 4. The enrollment was 24,000 on Monday. Some customers have more than one thermostat in their home, which brings the total number of thermostats enrolled to 28,500.
The program is a partnership between SoCalGas and participating smart thermostat manufacturers.
Customers who enroll in the program agree to allow their smart thermostats to be automatically adjusted by up to four degrees when a Smart Therm event is called. Program participants are eligible to receive a $50 incentive, plus an additional $25 for staying enrolled through April 1.
“The Smart Therm Program is still in its infancy, so seeing enrollment more than double in such a short period of time is a strong indicator of the interest in energy savings programs,” said Dan Rendler, director of customer programs and assistance for SoCalGas. “Smart thermostats help manage demand during peak usage and they also support cost-savings for customers year-round.”
Participants are sent notifications through their smart thermostat, smart phone app or via email when a Smart Therm event is called. These notifications inform the customer that their enrolled thermostats will be automatically adjusted for four hours from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A Smart Therm event can only be called once a day, weekdays. Smart Therm events are not called on federal holidays. Customers who enroll in the program can manually adjust their thermostat at any time.
Customers who purchase a smart thermostat can save an additional $75 by applying for a smart thermostat rebate from SoCalGas. The rebate covers models from Nest, ecobee, and Honeywell.