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Green Mountain Energy Expands Water Conservation Offers to Include Smart Sprinkler

By: Green Mountain Energy Company |

Green Mountain Energy Company is expanding its water conservation efforts by partnering with Rachio, a company dedicated to helping make yards more sustainable, to introduce a 100% clean, renewable energy plan that includes a water conservation product. Consumers who choose the Pollution Free™ WaterSaver 24 electricity plan will receive a Rachio Iro smart sprinkler controller.

This device connects to the Rachio platform via the customer’s home WiFi network and automatically adjusts to provide the right amount of water, saving up to 30 percent of water used by lawn sprinkler systems, according to Rachio. It also allows customers to control their sprinkler system from a smart phone or tablet anytime, anywhere.

“Green Mountain is looking beyond electricity to give our customers tools to help them live more sustainably,” said Mark McShane, vice president, Green Mountain Energy Company. “We’ve been committed to renewable energy for more than 17 years, and it’s more important now than ever to help our customers look at theirimpact on the environment more holistically and provide tools to make their homes even more sustainable.”

As the longest-serving renewable energy retailer in the nation, Green Mountain recognizes that it can empower its customers do more to help protect the environment. As drought remains prevalent across the country, particularly in Texas, consumers are beginning to see the effects of water waste and become more aware of their water usage. Using a Rachio Iro at home to conserve water is a natural next step for Green Mountain customers who want to live more sustainably.

Last year, Green Mountain became the only electricity retailer in Texas to offer customers a water conservation kit as part of an electricity plan. The Pollution Free™ WaterSaver 12 plan includes a Water Eco-Kit™ with water-saving products like faucet aerators and high-efficiency showerheads. The new Pollution Free™WaterSaver 24 plan lets customers conserve water and builds on Green Mountain’s suite of products to help home-owners lead more sustainable lives.

“We’re excited to see how our relationship with Green Mountain encourages customers to think differently not just about their electricity choice, but about water consumption,” said Brian Ewing, vice president of sales, Rachio. “Lawn maintenance isn’t easy, especially in a drought-stricken state like Texas, and we think that Green Mountain customers who are already inclined to do more for the environment will appreciate how Rachio interacts with their yard and makes their water usage more seamless and smarter.”

Green Mountain has been a clean energy pioneer since 1997 and introduced Texas consumers to options to help make sustainable choices beyond their electricity choice, including:

The Pollution Free™ Efficient with Nest plan that helps Texas residential customers better control their energy usage with 100% wind energy and a Nest Learning Thermostat™ –at no charge through its partnership with Nest.
The Pollution Free™ Electric Vehicle plan that offers special rates on 100% wind energy for electric vehicle drivers.
The Renewable Rewards® buy-back programthat provides bill credits for 100% of Texas customers’ home solar or wind systems’ outflow to the electric grid.

The Pollution Free™ WaterSaver 24 electricity plan with a Rachio Iro smart sprinkler controller is available via the Green Mountain Energy website to homeowners who live in Texas competitive electricity markets and own an automatic sprinkler system. Please visit www.GreenMountainEnergy.com for more information.