Texas is one of several states suffering through a record-breaking heat wave that’s pushing electric grids to their limits.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas , or ERCOT, has urged residents to do their part by raising the temperature on their thermostats, but several smart thermostats owners say their devices have been controlled remotely to conserve energy, leaving them in sweltering homes without a clue as to why.
Several residents in the Houston area said they’d unknowingly enrolled in a program called “Smart Savers Texas” as part of a promotion, according to a report from local ABC-affiliate WFAA on Friday.
The agreement states that in exchange for an entry into sweepstakes, electric customers grant permission for the program’s operator, EnergyHub , to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.
During a demand response event, Smart Savers Texas increases the temperature on participating thermostats by up to four degrees to reduce energy consumption and relieve stress on the grid.
EnergyHub works with more than 50 utilities across the country to harness connected devices to meet grid needs.
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