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If you're fine with a 2-pack, Home Depot still sells 2x ecobee4 for $300
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if anyone's considering jumping into ecobee as their smart thermostat, i encourage you to peruse reddit's ecobee subreddit before making a purchase. i've been an owner of ecobee 3 for 2+ years and i'm absolutely floored by how terribly unreliable ecobee is. now with eco+, your utility company can randomly set your thermostat to whatever temperature they desire and you likely won't be able to remotely undo their setting. i have to actually physically go to my ecobee and dismiss that notification, cancel the temperature setting and THEN finally set my desired temperature.

this is just a small slice of the pie, really. their servers have been down an average of 5-6 times a month, outside of their announced outages. i personally am looking for a replacement and regret my purchase every single day.
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Thanks for the info. I purchased this for $175 without light bulb at Home Depot. I get a $75 rebate from PSE in Seattle, so my net will be $100. I hope I have better luck with it.
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I love the ecobee. It's saved me a bunch of money and has been extremely reliable for me!
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if anyone's considering jumping into ecobee as their smart thermostat, i encourage you to peruse reddit's ecobee subreddit before making a purchase. i've been an owner of ecobee 3 for 2+ years and i'm absolutely floored by how terribly unreliable ecobee is. now with eco+, your utility company can randomly set your thermostat to whatever temperature they desire and you likely won't be able to remotely undo their setting. i have to actually physically go to my ecobee and dismiss that notification, cancel the temperature setting and THEN finally set my desired temperature.

this is just a small slice of the pie, really. their servers have been down an average of 5-6 times a month, outside of their announced outages. i personally am looking for a replacement and regret my purchase every single day.
I've had a contrasting experience. Our energy provider (NYSEG) gives us a notification in advance, at which point we have the opportunity to opt out of. The server has never been down through the app or on the device itself - we currently have 4 devices in 2 homes. By the way, you don't have to enroll (or in your case, un-enroll) in the "Savings Event" through your energy provider and they'll never update your temperature. You can still use Ecobee without participation into utility events, it won't add a credit to your bill is all.
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if anyone's considering jumping into ecobee as their smart thermostat, i encourage you to peruse reddit's ecobee subreddit before making a purchase. i've been an owner of ecobee 3 for 2+ years and i'm absolutely floored by how terribly unreliable ecobee is. now with eco+, your utility company can randomly set your thermostat to whatever temperature they desire and you likely won't be able to remotely undo their setting. i have to actually physically go to my ecobee and dismiss that notification, cancel the temperature setting and THEN finally set my desired temperature.

this is just a small slice of the pie, really. their servers have been down an average of 5-6 times a month, outside of their announced outages. i personally am looking for a replacement and regret my purchase every single day.
I have to agree with Kyle, I've owned a 3 and a 4 for almost 3 years now and have never run into any of these issues. You can also completely opt out of the utility company setting the temperature, you just won't get whatever discount you're currently getting. I've never experienced servers being down either.
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i'm guessing it's a regional issue. because ecobee's own boards are flooded with complaints about server outages. i see announced outages, and many of mine don't match up to those, or occur on top of those.

edison (energy provider here) doesn't give any kind of heads up and just locks the thermostat to whatever it is they feel like that day, sometimes as high as 82 (seen this summer).
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if anyone's considering jumping into ecobee as their smart thermostat, i encourage you to peruse reddit's ecobee subreddit before making a purchase. i've been an owner of ecobee 3 for 2+ years and i'm absolutely floored by how terribly unreliable ecobee is. now with eco+, your utility company can randomly set your thermostat to whatever temperature they desire and you likely won't be able to remotely undo their setting. i have to actually physically go to my ecobee and dismiss that notification, cancel the temperature setting and THEN finally set my desired temperature.

this is just a small slice of the pie, really. their servers have been down an average of 5-6 times a month, outside of their announced outages. i personally am looking for a replacement and regret my purchase every single day.
Really good info. I was thinking of making the jump from nest because of all the stuff they are doing with removing works with nest. I will wait it out and see if they bring back some it in a different way
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I was just coming here to make a joke about how "smarth" this thermostat was, based on the misspelled title.

I did not expect to hear a conspiracy theory about the electric company being able to lock you out of your thermostat and crank your house up to 82 F. If that were true, I would expect multiple news stories and even lawsuits. For such an audacious claim, there has to be a better source than "look it up on reddit".

I've used Ecobee thermostats for 3 years. I haven't noticed any server issues and I adjust the thermostat from my phone app all the time due to travel. My electric company hasn't commandeered my thermostat either.

I don't think this conspiracy theory is real. If people think differently, provide a better source than an anonymous comment on reddit.
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i'm guessing it's a regional issue. because ecobee's own boards are flooded with complaints about server outages. i see announced outages, and many of mine don't match up to those, or occur on top of those.

edison (energy provider here) doesn't give any kind of heads up and just locks the thermostat to whatever it is they feel like that day, sometimes as high as 82 (seen this summer).
I looked into this. It turns out that you have to opt into a program with Edison. They pay you $75 enrollment bonus plus $75 a year and cheaper energy in exchange for being able to adjust your thermostat during peak events. You can opt out of individual events or the program itself. No one is affected who didn't sign up.

It's not a conspiracy theory, just people who sign up for free money without reading what the program actually does.

From the FAQ:

Am I allowed to opt out of demand response events?

Yes. At any time during an event, you can opt out from your thermostat, mobile device, or web app. However, if you opt out of all events dispatched in a calendar year in the first hour of the event, you may be removed from the program.
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I was just coming here to make a joke about how "smarth" this thermostat was, based on the misspelled title.

I did not expect to hear a conspiracy theory about the electric company being able to lock you out of your thermostat and crank your house up to 82 F. If that were true, I would expect multiple news stories and even lawsuits. For such an audacious claim, there has to be a better source than "look it up on reddit".

I've used Ecobee thermostats for 3 years. I haven't noticed any server issues and I adjust the thermostat from my phone app all the time due to travel. My electric company hasn't commandeered my thermostat either.

I don't think this conspiracy theory is real. If people think differently, provide a better source than an anonymous comment on reddit.
This type of thing is a program you have to opt into with your electrical company in exchange for a slight discount. The idea is during peak times when the electrical load is extremely high the power company can crank your thermostat up a little bit temporarily to reduce the overall load. There's no conspiracy here.

You can normally override this setting though doing so may remove the discount from your bill. Not being able to override it remotely for some reason was probably just a weird bug.

Link to an example of one such discount is https://www.ecobee.com/smartsavingsrewards/
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I looked into this. It turns out that you have to opt into a program with Edison. They pay you $75 enrollment bonus plus $75 a year and cheaper energy in exchange for being able to adjust your thermostat during peak events. You can opt out of individual events or the program itself. No one is affected who didn't sign up.

It's not a conspiracy theory, just people who sign up for free money without reading what the program actually does.

From the FAQ:

Am I allowed to opt out of demand response events?

Yes. At any time during an event, you can opt out from your thermostat, mobile device, or web app. However, if you opt out of all events dispatched in a calendar year in the first hour of the event, you may be removed from the program.
the problem is ecobee doesn't allow me to opt out remotely. i have to be there to physically adjust it. not only so, many people with the unit were opted in involuntarily by ecobee.

also, you should probably learn to research first before calling something a conspiracy theory. it would at least makes you sound more educated than you actually are.
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the problem is ecobee doesn't allow me to opt out remotely. i have to be there to physically adjust it. not only so, many people with the unit were opted in involuntarily by ecobee.

also, you should probably learn to research first before calling something a conspiracy theory. it would at least makes you sound more educated than you actually are.
Listen you condescending walnut, I did look into this issue. You know I did because you read my comment where I described what I found by googling it. What I didn't find in my Google search with any evidence that supports what you are claiming: that you are involuntarily opted into this program that you can't leave. Everything I found suggests that you got paid to be in this program. Did you get paid?

I asked explicitly for some sort of source to back up your claims and you conveniently forgotten that. I don't know if you were a shill or if you're just bad at following instructions but until you provide some sort of proof as I have about what this program entails, you don't really have any evidence to support your outlandish claims. Provide. A. Source.

I bet you tried to collect the $150 and then back out of the deal and due to some fine print you can't. That's on you.
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i referenced the ecobee subreddit, maybe give that a try? condescending is describing real problems people are experiencing with a product as a conspiracy theory because you personally haven't experienced it yourself. i have no patience with tunnel-visioned melons looking to start fights on a deal board. try not to look at the whole world so subjectively.

you don't seem to understand how product reviews work. people give their personal experience with products all the time, even here on SD! imagine that. you have absolutely no skin in the game but i especially like how you feel you're entitled to a source to prove my personal experience when you neither own the product nor plan to get one. what exactly do i owe you? lmao take your delusions elsewhere.
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