May 17, 2018
Ameren Illinois Announces Money-Saving Program For Customers
By Kevin Boucher
A major power supplier is working to save customers 10 to 15 percent on their electric bill. Ameren Illinois held a news conference on Thursday, May 17th, 2018 in Marion to unveil a new initiative designed to put 300–thousand new smart thermostats in Illinois homes over the next decade. According to the press release, current Ameren Illinois customers can buy a qualified smart thermostat and then go online to apply for a 100 dollar rebate. Ameren’s John Carol says the new devices can easily replace an existing thermostat. He adds these new smart thermostats work by recording user settings and using that information to heat and cool the home when the home is not occupied.
Kelly Hendrickson, Communications Executive with Ameren, has been using one for several months and says it adds convenience to people with busy schedules. She says she can be at a little league baseball game and use her smartphone app to turn the air down so when the family returns home the house will be comfortable.
Rob Kelter, Senior Attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Center says the new thermostats will help consumers to stop cooling and heating empty homes.