The City of Austin Requires Smart Thermostats In All New Homes

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The "connected" home is here, there's no denying.

The City of Austin is requiring smart thermostats in all new houses and apartments built in Austin.

The purpose of the regulation is energy savings. In line with that goal, Austin Energy also has a program called PowerSaver. PowerSaver is only available to energy customers who have smart thermostats. To encourage participation in the program the energy company offers a $85 rebate on installation.

Story by — Updated October 18, 2016 11:59 am