Monday, August 10, 2009
Leading HVACR Distributor Johnstone Supply Distributes ecobee Smart Thermostat at Its 340 U.S. Stores
TORONTO, Aug 10, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ----ecobee, maker of the ecobee Smart Thermostat, announced today that it has finalized a distribution agreement with Johnstone Supply, Inc., the leading cooperative wholesale distributor in the HVACR industry.
The ecobee Smart Thermostat is now being sold at Johnstone branches throughout the United States, served by Johnstone's five regional distribution centers.
"This agreement will greatly enhance our distribution efforts and build sales, as well as increasing our market presence in the HVAC industry," said Stuart Lombard, ecobee's CEO and founder.
The ecobee Smart Thermostat is a sleek electronic device with a full-color touch screen and an easy-to-use interface. Installation is simple for HVAC contractors. The Smart Thermostat's WiFi capability allows users to control all functions remotely, from anywhere, at anytime, through their online ecobee web portal.
An industry first, ecobee has also created a dedicated Technician Portal so technicians can remotely manage and update their ecobee thermostats online, either one at a time or as a group. Additional features include the ability to schedule maintenance and filter change reminders, low and high temperature alerts and also input business information and company logos which will appear on their customer's thermostats and web portals. "We felt it was important to offer these unique features so our technicians could develop deeper, more meaningful customer relationships," noted Lombard.
"We are very excited to introduce the ecobee Smart Thermostat to our customers," said Steve Porter, Director of Marketing, Johnstone Supply. "This is where energy management is headed, and ecobee has gotten there before anyone else. In addition to serving as a thermostat, this product provides users the means to manage their energy usage. Technicians will want to sell it because it's so easy to use and it's a product that will build customer relationships. We are delighted to include it in our nationwide inventory."
The ecobee Smart Thermostat is now available at Johnstone Supply locations across the U.S.
About Johnstone Supply
Johnstone Supply is the leading cooperative wholesale distributor in the HVACR industry, with over $1 billion in annual sales and 340 independently owned store locations across America. Johnstone Supply offers superior customer service, technical advice and training seminars, and prints an annual catalog featuring more than 30,000 HVACR parts, supplies and equipment. A searchable online catalog is also available, with the ability to order directly from local stores at www.JohnstoneSupply.com.
ecobee was founded in 2007 to deliver intelligent conservation solutions for real people. The company is building its product platform around The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System(TM). ecobee's products are being sold for use in single family homes (both new and retrofitted), multi-family dwellings and light commercial properties. For more information, please visit http://www.ecobee.com.