Utilities can provide more consumer choice for their demand side management programs starting this summer with the new Frigidaire Cool Connect Wi-Fi Air Conditioner enabled with ThinkEco’s award winning smartAC platform.
The ThinkEco smartAC platform is a cloud-based system for managing window air conditioners and other connected devices. The company works directly with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and utilities to improve energy efficiency and support efficiency programs. The platform allows utilities to create a new class of demand management in residential and small business customer segments.
ThinkEco, a leading Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology company, and Frigidaire, a leader in home appliances, partnered to provide an easy way for utilities to create cutting edge Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) demand response programs. Such programs are the ideal way to leverage consumer buying patterns, allowing utility consumers to opt-in to demand response programs in exchange for rebates. This technology partnership is now available to utilities around the country, and is already being offered to consumers of Con Edison, through its coolNYC program, and to CPS Energy consumers in San Antonio through the Cool Energy Program.
“Consumers increasingly demand flexible, smart solutions for all their home appliance needs, and room air conditioning is no different,” said John Weinstock, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Frigidaire. “ThinkEco’s IoT expertise, combined with their award-winning demand response consumer engagement programs, enables Frigidaire to provide a new opportunity to our consumers who choose the Cool Connect AC.”
Frigidaire’s Cool Connect is a Wi-Fi enabled 8,000 BTU room air conditioner. Using the Frigidaire Smart Appliances App from a smartphone, consumers can control the unit from anywhere at any time. Functionality includes powering the unit on or off, changing temperature, controlling modes, and creating custom schedules. Because it’s connected with the ThinkEco smartAC platform, the Frigidaire Smart Appliances App also allows consumers to easily participate in demand response programs.
“Frigidaire is known for its high quality, convenient and smartly designed home appliances,” said Jun Shimada, CEO of ThinkEco, Inc. “Our smartAC platform enables Frigidaire to add value to its consumers, by building a bridge for them to engage in demand response programs. We think more and more consumers will choose connected ACs going forward, and we want to make sure they can be used to help the electrical grid.”
About ThinkEco, Inc.
New York City-based ThinkEco, Inc. is a leading Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology company, providing easy-to-use energy efficiency and demand response solutions for utilities, enterprises, and homes. ThinkEco’s patented IoT technology platform enables cloud-based energy efficient and connected home applications powered by intelligent algorithms. ThinkEco also provides an attractive customer user interface and fully functional API with which utility and technology partners can integrate. For more information, visit www.thinkecoinc.com.
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