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List of Smart Thermostats Approved for AC Quality Care

The number of smart thermostats approved for the AC Quality Care program has been greatly increased.* Below is a list of the currently approved smart thermostats, subject to change based upon Energy Star certification. To see the latest list of Energy Star certified smart thermostats, visit the Energy Star website. Smart Thermostat

American Standard: Gold 824

Braeburn: 7205, 7300, 7305, 7320

Bryant: Housewise

Carrier: CorSensi

Côr: Côr 5C, Côr 7C

Deriva: IntelliSync

Ecobee: ecobee3, ecobee3 Lite, ecobee4, ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control

EcoFactor: simple S100

Emerson: Sensi 1F87U-42WF, Sensi 1F95U-42WF


Honeywell: Lyric

Honeywell Home: Lyric T9, Lyric T10, RTH6580WF

Johnson Controls: LUX GEO, LUX KONO, LUX GEOx

Nest: Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Thermostat E


Trane: XL824

Venstar: Explorer, Color Touch

*Most Energy Star certified smart thermostats are accepted within the program. Some exclusions may apply, including thermostats for use with ductless systems. If you have any questions about a specific make and model, please contact your Account Representative.

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#BeyondEE Conference Recap

Thank you to those who attended the Beyond Energy Efficiency Conference on May 18. Build It Green hosted an AC Quality Care session for contractors to get information on training and access to industry exhibitors.

AC Quality Care participating contractors who attended can take advantage of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) continuing education units from select sessions. The morning session on the ACQC Program qualifies for 2 NATE credits. Contact Build It Green for details, and have your NATE identification number handy. Did you miss the conference? View the presentation slides, or read a recap of the event on the Green Architecture and Building Report blog.

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2017 Program Update Marketing Collateral

We now have marketing collateral available to compliment the 2017 Program Update! As a reminder, the program changes will go into effect January 1st 2017. You can now download and print the ACQC Rebate Application, the ACQC Door Hanger, the ACQC Trifold, and the ACQC Trifold (Español).

The ACQC Rebate Application form is also available under Find Resources.

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ACQC Program Updates for 2017

Program Updates for 2017 have been announced! Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Build It Green are excited to see the AC Quality Care (ACQC) Program continue into 2017. Please note the following developments:

The Blower Motor rebate will increase from $170 to $250. This will bring the total available incentives to $475. In addition, expect the 60 day deadline from installation to application submission to be strictly enforced in 2017. Applications not submitted within this time frame will not be processed for rebates.

Participating Contractors should sign the first two pages of the 2017 Contractor Participation Agreement to renew enrollment in 2017. Signed documents can be emailed to