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TXU Energy Launches New BrightenSM iThermostat, Integrates it with iPhone App®

Company’s Innovation Leadership Continues with New Version of Device, Added Features and Functionality for Web- and Smartphone-enabled Energy Conservation Tools

3/21/2012

It’s here. It’s new. And, it’s on your iPhone®. That’s what TXU Energy has to say about the new release of its BrightenSM iThermostat, a programmable thermostat that gives you control over the temperature in your home through any Web-enabled PC or smartphone. The new release and recent enhancements to both the TXU Energy MyEnergy DashboardSM and the company’s iPhone app are a few of the latest innovations TXU Energy has launched in its continued mission to help its customers save electricity and money.

The New Brighten iThermostat
The new Brighten iThermostat includes a new thermostat with a color touch screen display, an enhanced online portal with expanded features and upgraded controls now available through the TXU Energy iPhone app. It also automatically switches between heating and cooling as needed to keep indoor temperatures comfortable, a feature that’s especially useful between seasons. The convenient controls are complemented by the cost savings it offers, as you can save up to $360 or more over two years just by using its preprogrammed settings.

The energy savings solution is available to TXU Energy customers, who receive the equipment and installation—valued at more than $550 per household—with no upfront charges. It leverages your high-speed Internet connection at home to connect your thermostat with the online- and smartphone-based controls. TXU Energy customers can use the service and equipment at no extra charge with selected electricity plans, or they can add these to any TXU Energy plan by paying a low monthly fee.

The TXU Energy MyEnergy Dashboard
The company has also expanded the features of the TXU Energy MyEnergy Dashboard, an energy savings solution that offers a personalized view of your home’s electricity consumption, giving you insight into how your habits at home affect your electricity usage – and your bill.

The dashboard is available online to any TXU Energy customer for free, and it now offers a new home comparison section that lets you compare the electricity usage of your home with similar homes in your area based on information you provide, including ZIP code, home type, age of home, square footage and heating type. It also offers a new usage breakdown section—including a pie chart that shows your approximate electricity usage and cost for heating, cooling, water heating, lighting, electronics, appliances, refrigeration and other equipment.

The dashboard shows you how much electricity you’re using over time and how the outside temperatures may be affecting your usage. It shows your electricity usage and cost by month, day and even hour if you have a smart meter. It also offers you a forecast of your estimated usage and costs at any point of a billing cycle.

The TXU Energy Mobile App for iPhone
With the launch of the TXU Energy Mobile App for iPhone in 2011, TXU Energy became the first electricity retailer in Texas to offer its customers mobile access to their accounts through a free app for the iPhone, iPad®, and iPod touch®. The app now allows you to control your home temperature settings if you have the Brighten iThermostat. It also provides a number of features available through the TXU Energy MyEnergy Dashboard in addition to giving you the opportunity to check and pay your bill.

“At TXU Energy, we know that our customers care about saving electricity and money,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer, TXU Energy. “That’s why we continue to develop and deliver innovations that give our customers more convenient ways to take control of how and how much electricity they use. We know you have a choice when it comes to your electricity provider, and our new enhancements are a few of the latest tools we’ve launched to connect with you in ways that fit your everyday life.” 

In addition to the company’s energy savings solutions, TXU Energy also offers tips on energy efficiency at txu.com/energytips.

About TXU Energy
TXU Energy is a market-leading competitive retail electricity provider, powering the lives of more Texans than any other retailer. TXU Energy offers a variety of innovative products and solutions, allowing both its residential and business customers to choose options that best meet their needs, including exceptional customer service, competitively priced electricity service plans, innovative energy efficiency options, renewable energy programs and other electricity-related products and services. Visit txu.com for more information about TXU Energy. REP #10004.

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