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Electric Co-op Members Can Connect to Save with a Free Google Nest this Winter

Local electric cooperatives provide limited-time offer to members through new Connect to Save program


Eastern N.C., ­– (February 15, 2021) – Four electric cooperatives in eastern North Carolina, Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, Jones-Onslow EMC, Lumbee River EMC and South River EMC, are expanding the benefits of their new Connect to Save initiative by offering free Google Nest smart thermostat to members who enroll in the program by March 21. Typically offered through the program at a deeply discounted rate of $25, these devices automatically adjust their temperature settings during times of high demand for power in an effort to help lower energy use and associated costs.


“Connect to Save benefits our members year round, but its impact is especially important during times of year when energy use is higher, such as the cold winter months,” said Lisa Galizia, director of communications for Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, which serves 42,000 meters in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Onslow counties. “These smart devices not only help individual members save, but they also work together across the co-op network to reduce demand for power during peak times, which helps keep costs lower for our entire membership.”


In addition to a free smart thermostat, members can receive $50 for installing a smart water heater control on their electric water heater through the program.


Innovative programs like Connect to Save are part of the electric cooperatives’ commitment to building a brighter future for the people and the local communities they serve. With a long-term goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and an interim target of a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, the co-ops are leveraging new and existing technologies to shape the future of the electric grid and better serve their members.


For more information on how to participate in this limited-time offer, members of the four cooperatives are encouraged to visit or call (844) 577-SAVE.

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