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mPowered Energy Saving Program

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NV Energy has announced a new program in the works that will help customers save money on their cooling and heating costs.

It's called mPowered and it helps you have money by using a new smart thermostat.

Dorothy Gates says she's enjoyed being part of the mPowered pilot program for NV Energy for the past three years. It just sounded like a good idea when they said you'll save some money.

mPowered uses new technology that could lower your cooling and heating costs up to 15%. Dorothy said it saved her even more. "My oil bill used to be very expensive, but it has cut down considerably. I would say a good 25%," says Gates.

Through the program, Dorothy is able to control her thermostat with her smart phone and computer. "It's very easy to regulate," says Gates. "You can do it for a direct span throughout the day or throughout the night."

It's also a learning thermostat. It gathers data on local weather and adjusts how it operates and identifies an energy pattern over time. "It's a very smart thermostat actually," says Energy Consultant Jay Blair. "Not only is it programmable, it communicates with our system and generates reports that shows you the savings that are being generated by it."

Similar smart thermostats are sold at Ferguson. "Before it was a round dial on your wall and you know turning it up and down to the different temperature," says Blair. "Now, it's all digital everything; color screen, color backgrounds."

Blair says these types of thermostats are more commonly sold for vacation homes. "Have a house in Lake Tahoe and operate it from Wisconsin," says Blair.

It's very easy to control the thermostat just by using your cell phone. You just go to the app store, download the app and it's very quick and easy to use.

mPowered is still in the trial stages for NV Energy. Only 600 people in Reno and Sparks are slated to start using it. If the program is successful, NV Energy hopes to expand it. "I am fortunate that I was on the pilot program. I'm glad that I signed up for it now. It's a saving to me, savings in time and money," says Gates.

Smart thermostats are sold at department stores starting off at a hundred dollars. NV Energy installs the thermostats for the mPowered program for free.

For information on how to sign up for the program click here:

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