Chicago program aims for 1 million “smart” thermostats

By Kari Lyderson, Midwest Energy News 

Kari Lyderson

Kari Lyderson

There will be one million more smart thermostats in the Chicago area in five years if a new public-private program launched today meets its goals.

The increasing spread of these inconspicuous but powerful devices – that “learn” how to predict and respond to residents’ behavior – could lead to serious energy savings, lower bills for consumers and lower emissions from power plants, backers say . . . The northern Illinois initiative is billed as possibly the largest smart thermostat program in the country, and a model for other regions.

Click here to learn more about the initiative.