Canadian companies among 2021 Energy Award winners
The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) has announced the winners of its 2021 Energy Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations leading energy efficiency, customer programs, resilience and innovation.
Among this year’s winners were Toronto-based ecobee, a provider of smart home solutions, and Surrey, BC-based FortisBC Energy, which supplies natural gas, electricity and renewable energy in British Columbia.
ecobee was recognized in the Innovation in Technology category for eco+, a free thermostat optimization software launched in 2020 that combines with ecobee smart thermostats to provide greater energy savings and enhanced, customized comfort. ecobee’s third-party measurement and verification study found that customers using eco+ save five per cent more energy than those using the smart thermostat alone, and up to 23 per cent more on cooling costs in regions with time-of-use rates. The company is working with select utilities to offer customers a free ecobee3 lite smart thermostat when they pre-enroll in their utility’s demand response program.
FortisBC Energy won in the Resiliency category for adapting its Energy Leaders school program to a distance learning model, with free curriculum-connected lesson plans for kindergarten to grade 12. Account sign-in requirements were also removed, so that teachers and parents could easily access the lessons. As a result lesson downloads in 2020 increased 188 per cent over 2019, while users increased 124 per cent.
The AESP will hold webinars on each award-winning program.
Click here to see a full list of the winners.