WSU offers discount on smart thermostats

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Empower Northern Utah program is offering Davis and Weber county residents free or discounted thermostats to increase energy efficiency and cut their utility costs.

Weber State Sustainability is teaming up with Utah Clean Air Partnership, also known as UCAIR, along with the H.E.A.T Program, the Dee Foundation, Utah Clean Energy and other organizations to offer the Nest Thermostat E for $67, a savings of nearly $100. Low-to-moderate income households are eligible for a free thermostat.

“This event is important because smart thermostat technology reduces energy usage and helps protect our environment,” said Bonnie Christiansen, sustainability programs and engagement manager. “The reason we do this work is to care for our environment now and create a climate that is liveable for the future.” 

Registration to receive a Nest Thermostat E is required and opens Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at Information on how to qualify for a free thermostat is also available. Registrants will receive a link to schedule a time for pickup Oct. 1 from 9–11 a.m. at the Weber State University Davis Campus in Layton. 

Those interested in purchasing a thermostat are encouraged to make sure their home’s heating and cooling systems are compatible with the Nest E at this link. Thermostats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Empower Northern Utah is a community engagement effort on behalf of Weber State helping residents take action to measurably reduce pollution on a community-wide scale. 

For the last seven years, WSU Sustainability has offered sustainability-focused community programs helping residents save money, energy and improve the environment. Past programs include the Susie Hulet Community Solar, Drive Electric, Mow Electric and Empower Northern Utah. These programs have collectively served thousands of households and community members.

The smart thermostat discount is made possible through a grant from UCAIR. For more information about the Empower Northern Utah program, visit


Kennedy Jones, Marketing & Communications


Bonnie Christiansen, academic sustainability coordinator