Direct Energy Partners with Nest to Bring Energy Savings Offers to Customers in North America

 Direct Energy Partners with Nest to Bring Energy Savings Offers to Customers  in North America  Leading electric service provider and thermostat innovator deliver home energy  management solutions in key U.S., Canadian restructured markets  HOUSTON, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - Direct Energy, one of North America's largest  energy and energy-related services providers, today announced that it has  teamed up with Nest, the company that created the Nest Learning Thermostat™,  to offer tens of millions of electricity customers an innovative and  convenient solution for managing home and small business energy usage. Direct  Energy plans to make available an offer that includes the Nest Learning  Thermostat, giving customers the opportunity to save on energy costs and  reduce energy use in time for the hot summer months.  The partnership represents a substantial commitment by Direct Energy to bring  Nest's Learning Thermostat to its key markets in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic,  Northeast, New England, and Canada. More details about the offer will be  available by June 1.  "We're focused on giving customers across Canada and the U.S. greater  convenience, control and empowerment in managing energy use in their homes and  small businesses, along with competitive low rates," said Direct Energy  president and CEO Badar Khan. "The Nest Learning Thermostat is an innovative  product that helps Direct Energy deliver not just electricity, but a real  boost in household and small business management power."  "Small changes in Nest's settings – made automatically or with fingertip  control via a mobile app – can make a big difference in energy use and  costs," said Manu Asthana, president, Direct Energy Residential. "This  partnership with Nest allows us to bring to bear the resources of not only our  residential business, but also our commercial and home services businesses to  ensure that our customers are receiving the full benefits of the Nest Learning  Thermostat."  The Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adjusts temperature settings based  on learning customers' energy use patterns and eliminates programming hassles  by creating a personalized temperature schedule. With heating and cooling  accounting for approximately 50 percent of the average household energy bill,  Nest can make a noticeable difference by helping reduce energy consumption.  Since its launch in October 2011, Nest has earned rave reviews and awards and  helped people across the U.S., Canada and U.K. save energy.  "In partnership with energy providers, the Nest Learning Thermostat, along  with Nest energy services, has saved an incredible amount of energy," said Ben  Bixby, general manager, Nest Energy Services. "Following our successful  partnership with Direct Energy in Alberta, Canada, we are excited to expand  the relationship and bring our energy-savings solution to even more people  across North America."  In some markets, Direct Energy will also offer customers other incentives for  the Nest Learning Thermostat, as well Nest's Rush Hour Rewards™ and Seasonal  Savings™ services. Rush Hour Rewards helps people earn money or credits from  their energy provider by using less energy when everyone else is using more.  With Seasonal Savings, a Nest Learning Thermostat uses its knowledge of a  customer's schedule and preferences to make gradual temperature adjustments to  help save energy. Both services are powered by Nest's proprietary Auto-Tune™  technology and offered only through Nest's energy partners.  In February, Direct Energy announced a partnership to offer the Nest Learning  Thermostat to customers in Alberta who sign up for the 5-Year Comfort and  Control Dual Fuel plan. This industry-leading offer lets customers pay a  flexible natural gas price with the security of a winter cap and an  electricity price that is fixed for the five-year term of the contract.  For more information, visit www.directenergy.com.  Direct Energy Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and  energy-related services providers with six million residential and commercial  customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and  support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative  products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the  world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S.  states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.  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