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Old 03-09-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I am a bit curious, as I just read about this program on CPS' web site. How do you monitor your house via the Internet? Is the ability to monitor and change the temperature inside your house not password protected?

Otherwise, any updated thoughts from those who have been using the program for a few years would be much welcomed.

Cheers! M2
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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A programmable thermostat is relatively cheap (you'd have a hard time spending much over $50) and you have absolute control over it. It would be cool to be able to control the thermostat via the Internet and once IPV6 gets going full steam, I'm sure that and online control of pretty much everything will be common, but I don't want other people to have that ability.
The only problem I had with my thermostat was the installation. It included 8 different scenarios of wires and mine didn't match any of them. I made a logical guess and it worked, so it wasn't that hard/I got lucky.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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The feature that I really like with the CPS program is that I can monitor/adjust the thermostat online. This kind of thermostat is not cheap and you need to have some kind of monitoring site on the net. Most likely not free.
Works perfect for people with variable work schedule and those who travel a lot.
The web access is password protected.
More here: http://www.alamopc.org/pcalamode/fea...20040402.shtml
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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I like the fact that we can turn our AC on a few hours before we get home when we have been out of town.

We have been pleased with our thermostats so far...had them installed last August. They can be set to switch automatically between heat and AC, which is nice in Spring and Fall, when the weather can vary tremendously. We have always been fans of programmable (setback) thermostats!
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:16 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Yep! You know and I know, just MMM is still
Not sure why??? It cost him nothing, and if he does not like it, he can always go back to old...
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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I just entered into the program this week. I live in a rent home that had an old crappy mercury thermostat. There is really not a downside to the program other than the possible heat rise in older homes with poor insulation. Ideally you don't want your compressor cycling off and on but it's not a big deal.

The Peak Saver program is just a start though. I would recommend taking advantage of all of the rebates CPS and SAWS have to offer.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Another BONUS...

these thermostats reset for daylight savings time (and back to standard) automatically...one less clock to touch!
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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Hey guys i Just got an ad in the mail for this. I'm thinking of trying this out. Are you guys still satisfied with yours?
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Hey guys i Just got an ad in the mail for this. I'm thinking of trying this out. Are you guys still satisfied with yours?
Just got mine last week. Very slick interface. We'll see how it goes. See how it goes man, you may like it...
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Actually, we're about to take a step up to their next program, called Energy Guard...controllable by web and smartphone. Will post when we get it in with all the bells and whistles...I love fancy stuff!
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