Government of Ontario Government of Ontario: Select Residents Can Get a FREE Smart Thermostat Select Ontario Residents Get a FREE Thermostat!

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Save money on electricity and make your home smarter with this new initiative from the Government of Ontario, because select homeowners or renters can get a free smart thermostat through the new GreenON Installations Program!

This program is only available to homeowners or renters in a single-detached, semi-detached, townhome or row home in Ontario. Simply register on the GreenON Installations Program page and a representative will contact you at a later time to arrange an installation appointment. Eligible renters will also need to submit a landlord consent form before installation.

Ecobee, Honeywell and Nest smart thermostats will be available through this program and both the thermostat and installation will be provided free of charge. Note that homes with existing smart thermostats cannot have thermostats replaced through this program.

Early registration is open now and installations will begin this fall. Only 100,000 free thermostats are available and will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis -- click here to learn more about the GreenON Installations Program.

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    • Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
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    • Most likely have to be installed by a professional...$$$
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    • wchau85 wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2017 11:03 am
      Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
      Looks likes it is free.... perhaps its one of these programs that dial back your ac use during peak times.
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    • wchau85 wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2017 11:03 am
      Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
      Upsell...
      2. Book an Appointment
      A GreenON Installations program representative will call you to schedule an appointment. You will need to sign a participant agreement as well as agree to the smart thermostat manufacturer's term of use and privacy policy.

      3. Home Visit
      A program representative will arrive at your home as scheduled.

      4. Home Energy Report
      A customized home energy profile will be sent to you within a few weeks.
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    • wchau85 wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2017 11:03 am
      Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
      Not when the government is involved - sometimes they just like giving out free stuff.
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    • wchau85 wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2017 11:03 am
      Whats the catch? theres always a catch...
      vkizzle wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2017 11:08 am
      Upsell...
      2. Book an Appointment
      A GreenON Installations program representative will call you to schedule an appointment. You will need to sign a participant agreement as well as agree to the smart thermostat manufacturer's term of use and privacy policy.

      3. Home Visit
      A program representative will arrive at your home as scheduled.

      4. Home Energy Report
      A customized home energy profile will be sent to you within a few weeks.
      The Green Ontario Fund is a not-for-profit provincial agency that invests proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market into climate actions that help people and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use cleaner technology to power their homes and workplaces.

      The information gathered from the in-home energy review will be used to create a customized home energy profile that will be sent to you within a few weeks. This report will help you understand your energy usage and costs, suggesting ways to save energy and money by participating in other energy efficiency programs.

      Once your program representative has completed the in-home energy review, they will provide you with an information pack with other energy conservation tips and programs to consider.
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    • +1 what's the catch?
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    • Signed my dad up, been meaning to get him a smart thermostat but if this works out that would be awesome.
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    • Signed up, but I'm also wondering what's the catch...

      The province says 100,000 smart thermostats will be available under the program.
      Registration opens today with installations starting in the fall on a first-come, first-serve basis.
      http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/ca ... ew-program
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    • Awesome, thanks! Signed up, will see what happens.
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    • What's a smart thermostat?
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    • RFD effect going to end this program soon...better hurry up folks!
      Get the Ecobee3 if you're not sure which one to pick :)
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    • I called to ask about the participant agreement but the lady had no idea what I was talking about. Signed up anyways. Can always refuse it when they come to install it.
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    • So people in the know: Nest or Ecobee?
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    • No luck to try it out. The program is not for condo/apartment residents.
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    • treasureseeker3 wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2017 11:25 am
      What's a smart thermostat?
      Answered at https://greenon.ca/smart-thermostats

      Smart thermostats do the leg work of keeping your home comfortable as efficiently as possible. Using Wi-Fi technology, smart thermostats allow you to easily control the temperature of your home from anywhere – as long as you have a mobile device with you. Use a free app to heat or cool your home remotely, so you can return to a comfortable home. Or, simply change the temperature without having to get up from your couch.

      Smart thermostats can also learn your schedule and preferences and automatically adapt to your lifestyle, to provide comfort when you’re at home and savings when you’re not. Other features include automatic energy saving adjustments and maintenance alerts, such as when to change your furnace filter and reports to let you know just how much you’re saving.
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    • Signed up and got email saying i'm registered... appt will be in the fall.
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    • Just registered
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    • After you fill out the form, the submit button does not work. It wont let you submit. Call them today at 11:20am, put it on hold for a while, then ask you to leave your name phone number. They will call you back.
      I think it is too early to sign up. They are not ready yet.
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    • signed up....lets see what happens now...
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