Keeping it cool in NYC: Con Edison targets window air conditioners in new energy savings programs
With over six million window air conditioner units in Consolidated Edison’s service area, it's easy to understand why the utility sees potential savings - especially when those air conditioners are sometimes left running when no one is home.
So Con Edison is teaming with ThinkEco to encourage NYC apartment building owners and tenants to create smarter AC via "modlets." Con Edison describes modlets as simple plug-in smart outlets that can be controlled by a smart A/C thermostat and a user’s online modlet account. The package allows users to turn on/off or adjust the temperature on their units remotely via smartphone or web browser.
Con Edison and ThinkEco Launch Window Air Conditioner Energy Savings Program
Device Allows Customers to Control their Window A/C Power Usage
New York - As temperatures begin to climb this summer, Con Edison and ThinkEco have partnered to launch a window air conditioner program that will allow customers to use less energy, protect the environment and help maintain reliable service during times of peak demand in New York City.
Con Edison and ThinkEco plan to create smart A/C control through modlets on 10,000 New York City air conditioners, resulting in five megawatts of demand reduction, enough power for 5,000 homes. Con Edison plans to distribute the modlets this summer in large apartment buildings throughout New York City, working with building owners and tenants to install the energy saving devices.
The modlet (http://themodlet.com/demo.html) is a simple plug-in smart outlet that can be controlled by a smart A/C thermostat and a user’s online modlet account, allowing customers to control the temperature setting of any window air conditioner. Customers can remotely turn on/off their A/C from any smart phone or browser, and set the temperature.
In addition, users can preset schedules through any web browser, so that their window air conditioners only turn on when needed, transforming the stand-alone window air conditioner into a smart, networked device that gives users enhanced convenience and control. Customers who participate in the program will also be alerted when a peak usage event is called, and Con Edison will adjust the unit’s temperature.
With over six million window air conditioner units in Con Edison’s service area - which sometimes run unnecessarily when residents are not home - the ability for Con Edison to adjust air conditioner temperatures remotely during a heat wave could help to manage peak summer demand.
"Con Edison continues to increase engagement with our customers by introducing new technologies that help them save energy, save money, and protect the environment,” said Rebecca Craft, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs of Con Edison. "Our work with ThinkEco is forging a new way to help reduce the energy waste associated with window air conditioners, while keeping city residents comfortable during heat waves.”
The coolNYC program (www.coolnycprogram.com), created by ThinkEco and Con Edison, is a new approach to managing residential peak usage by combining ease-of-use in controlling window air conditioner thermostats with an incentivized program that uses real-time energy tracking capabilities. Con Edison can use the ThinkEco system to reduce strain on the grid by sending signals to participating customers’ air conditioner units when demand peaks. The program technology allows Con Edison to focus on any geographic area of high priority during an emergency.
"The coolNYC program is proving how New York City residents are highly receptive to using smart consumer-oriented products that save energy and enhance personal convenience,” said Erik Katz, CEO of ThinkEco. "As electrical demand continues to increase, we need to ensure a way to relieve pressure on the grid in the absence of new capacity.”
Visit www.thinkecoinc.comto purchase a modlet and checkout http://themodlet.com/demo.htmlto see how easy they are to use. Participating residential customers receive the modlet smartA/C kit, which integrates Con Edison’s intellectual property with ThinkEco’s modlet platform. The smartA/C kit includes a modlet, a remote-control thermostat and access to a web-based application.
ThinkEco is a former tenant of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly) the NYSERDA-funded clean-tech incubator helping transition New York to a low-carbon future.
About ThinkEco, Inc.
New York City-based ThinkEco Inc. is a leading provider of easy-to-use energy efficiency solutions for homes and businesses. Its patented modlet system is a networked and scalable smart-plug platform that wirelessly connects any plug load to ThinkEco's robust cloud solution, powered by proprietary algorithms. The modlet provides the remote metering of plug-load power consumption in real time, and enables users to set savings schedules to better control their energy use and quantify savings.
For more information, visit www.thinkeco.comor follow the company on Twitter @ThinkEco and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThinkEco.
About Con Edison
Consolidated Edison, Inc. is a Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) company. The global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) ranks Consolidated Edison, Inc. as the only utility in the CDP’s S&P 500 2011 Carbon Performance Leadership Index and #1 among S&P 500 utility companies in the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. Consolidated Edison, Inc. also has been recognized for its environmental performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations.
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