Toledo, OH, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 3, 2008 – Customers of Toledo Edison will be offered free thermostats if they agree to allow the utility to control the setting of their air conditioners remotely. The offer is open to larger residential customers – those who commonly use over 1000 kWh a month – and the utility will be able to increase ambient temperature by up to four degrees for a maximum of four hours.

Toledo Edison’s parent company First Energy Corporation has already introduced a program to manage energy consumption more efficiently for many of its customers, and the remote control of air conditioners is just one example of its efforts. Customers have been enthusiastic, saying that they will benefit from lower bills while helping to save energy and prevent blackouts at times of peak demand.

The utility hopes to have 10,000 customers participating in the program, which is due to start this month. It has promised to keep interventions to a maximum of 20 a year.