For Xcel Energy customers. Similar deal to the Lowe's deal that is on slickdeals right now, where the Ecobee4 is $199 vs. the normal $249 price BUT even better for Xcel customers. If you buy through Xcel Energy store, you are eligible for an instant rebate of $75. Post-instant rebate, the price is $124 per unit. You have to sign up for AC Rewards program that allows them to make small adjustments to your thermostat in times of high usage. This also gives you an instant one time Xcel utility bill credit of $50 and an annual $25 bill credit (per household, even in you buy more than one).
Better deal than I got from them a month ago. I bought mine from Xcel when it was on sale for $224 (from $249) - the $75 rebate = $154 each. Love them. Xcel did charge sales tax, but oddly, only state sales tax (not the normal sales tax rate that includes city and county taxes. Normally, I get charged 8% sales tax all in, but on this purchase they only charged 2.9% state sales tax on the post-rebate price). Lowes/Home Depot/Amazon all charge me the normal 8% sales tax rate.
I bought two and installed them and got the instant rebate price on both. I tried to see what would happen if I tried to replicate this deal just now but couldn't. It wouldn't let me try again as it validates your specific address and limits you to buying two thermostats from them a year.
Did mega research vs. the Nest and chose Ecobee for its remote sensors. Oddly, the people that built my new home created a two zone system, but each zone covers half the house as if it's cut down the middle from top to bottom even thought it's a big open floor plan - half of each of the main floor, the upper floor and the basement. By placing sensors upstairs and the main floor (still waiting for a deal on two extra sensors to cover the two separate "sides" of the basement) the system seems to work much better. The upstairs and main floor have the same temps now, whereas before the upstairs was always warmer than the main floor.
Love the functionality of the Ecobee. Really easy to use. Really like how you can just set a upper temperature (for AC) and a lower temp (for heat) and not worry about switching between 'Heat' and 'Cool' like with my old thermostat. Alexa is great - as I don't have an Echo or similar device. The speaker works rather well IMO - contrary to many reviews I had read. I did use the backing plate that came with the Ecobee, so that may help with acoustics. Very odd that my kids love to dance in front of the thermostat in the hallway now. The lack of the spatial sensor or inability to change the Alexa activation word is a little annoying, but manageable - i.e. if I talk too loud when saying 'Alexa' the Ecobee on the main floor and upstairs both activate. That is my only nit pick. Other than that, I'm really happy with the unit. If I would have had a more logical zone layout (like one zone is upstairs, the other zone is on the main floor, etc) - I may have liked the feel of the Nest better. I saw demo units for both the Nest and Ecobee in the store, and the Nest seems slightly nicer - and I liked turning the dial left and right. But, because I had different temps in different areas of the same zone, I needed the multiple sensor capability of the Ecobee so the 'bee beat the Next. After installation I have not looked back. The Ecobee seems like a really high quality unit. Who ever thought I'd be happy to pay $300 (or $248 if I would have gotten my own deal) for thermostats?