Today, ecobee, the makers of Wi-Fi connected Energy Management System Si (EMS Si), announced a new partnership with Electricity Maine and Thayer Corporation to execute a pilot project as part of the Efficiency Maine Innovation Program.
Electricity Maine is a Maine owned and operated electricity supplier serving residential and small businesses in
the CMP and BHE territories. “We are pleased to partner with such great companies like ecobee and Thayer to bring this technology to Maine businesses”, said Kevin Dean, co-owner of Electricity Maine. “We have always offered Mainers a competitive rate on their power, however it is equally important to help bring energy saving resources to the market as well.”
Electricity Maine will select Maine businesses to pilot the project and Thayer Corporation will install EMS Si in those local companies. Using ecobee’s proprietary DataRhythm TechnologyTM, the thermostat will track real-time information related to occupancy schedules, building performance, HVAC system run times and local weather conditions in order to optimize for energy efficiency. The companies will also be able to view energy usage data and reports to better understand and manage their organization’s energy consumption.
“Being selected for this pilot project will show SMBs how they can improve operations by using an energy management system like ours,” said Stuart Lombard, President & CEO, ecobee. “We know participants will not only achieve significant energy savings with ecobee EMS Si, but they’ll find it much easier to manage their HVAC system and improve overall efficiencies, positively impacting their bottom line.”
The EMS Si also offers advanced monitoring and reporting so companies will have remote visibility into their system’s performance, making the management of multiple locations easier and cost efficient. If there is an HVAC problem, automatic alerts will be sent to their secure ecobee Web Portal or smartphone app so problems can be identified and resolved quickly. Businesses will also have the choice to add automation to their system. Automation, for example, can control temperature settings when a door is left open, or to receive alerts if an area of the commercial property, like a freezer, isn’t at the correct temperature.
“We’re excited to work with ecobee and their partners on a promising pilot that has the potential to provide companies with useful data to help them better manage their energy needs,” said Michael Stoddard, Executive Director, Efficiency Maine. “When businesses are more keenly aware of their energy consumption and patterns, they can make better operational, staffing, and capital investment decisions.