Tens of thousands of New Brunswickers saved money and energy by purchasing nearly 13,000 programmable thermostats last fall as part of NB Power’s Smart Habits rebate program. The program offered in-store rebates on energy efficient products from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30. “New Brunswickers continue to invest in energy efficient products through our rebate program,” said NB Power president and CEO Gaëtan Thomas. “Helping customers save on their monthly bills and adopt smart energy-saving habits at home is part of our long-term strategy to reduce electricity use and help manage demand.” NB Power offered rebates on LED bulbs, water-efficient showerheads and programmable thermostats in 170 stores around the province. Thanks to the program, consumers saved about $1.1 million on 624 showerheads, 293,000 LED bulbs, and nearly 13,000 programmable thermostats. Once installed, these products will lower customers’ electricity costs by almost $1.1 million annually. Incentivizing energy efficient products is one of the initiatives NB Power is rolling out as part of a long-term strategy to reduce reliance on fossil-fuel energy, control future costs and provide customers with tools to control their monthly bills. The Smart Habits Rebate Program is one of several offered by the utility. Others include the Energy Smart Commercial Buildings Retrofit Program, the Low Income Energy Savings Program, the Home Insulation Energy Savings Program and the Ductless Heat Pump program. Since the launch of the rebate programs in the fall of 2013, consumers have saved $4 million on in-store purchases. The use of these and other rebated products have helped customers reduce their electricity use by 39 GWh annually and their annual costs by more than $4 million.