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What is Intelligent Octopus?

Works with ecobee, Sensi, Amazon, Honeywell and Google Nest Wi-Fi enabled thermostats.

Intelligent Octopus is a smart feature for Octopus Energy customers that automates your energy usage, saving you money while keeping your house comfortable. For every month you're connected, you'll get a discounted energy rate that equals about $300 in savings annually. Some customers may save even more.

We're working to add more smart thermostat brands all the time! If you don't see yours listed, request it now.

Eligible Honeywell devices connect via the Resideo or Total Comfort Connect apps.

How does it work? 

It’s rather easy and you don’t have to do a thing! With Intelligent Octopus we’ll be connected to your smart thermostat via Wi-Fi. Occasionally when there’s a need to conserve energy, we’ll just adjust your thermostat a few degrees for a short period of time- most customers don’t even notice! Your thermostat will automatically return to its original setting, keeping your home comfortable and energy-efficient! But don’t worry, you’re still fully in control.

For full details read our Terms and Conditions

What are the benefits?

Adjusting your thermostat a few degrees in short intervals helps provide grid stability and gives you savings on your bill via a low energy rate. Using Intelligent Octopus is an easy way for you to help conserve energy and save money without having to lift a finger.

By reducing your energy usage during those peak windows, it helps us lower our cost to serve you. We pass those savings directly to you via a lower rate.

Here's what our customers on Intelligent Octopus say:

  • 87% of customers agree they're saving money
  • 90% of customers stay opted-in for savings events

Want to join Intelligent Octopus?

You'll need to be:

  • A new or existing Octopus Energy customer. Not with Octopus yet? Sign-up now.
  • Someone with a compatible thermostat — we're currently compatible with ecobee, Sensi, Honeywell, Amazon, and Google Nest wi-fi enabled thermostats. Don't have one? Find discounts in Houston or Dallas areas. We're working to integrate more thermostat brands – request yours here.
  • Connect your thermostat to the internet over Wi-Fi.
  • Agree with our Terms and Conditions

Be a part of something bigger with Intelligent Octopus. If you’re cool with what you’ve read, let’s work together to make world-changing energy plans a reality!

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Intelligent Octopus testimonials

How Ada saves hundreds a year on her energy bills with Intelligent Octopus

Ada is a Houston-local and Octopus Energy customer since February 2022. She’s managed to cut her energy bill by about 30% a year while supporting the Texas power grid with Intelligent Octopus for thermostats.

How Barney gets paid to save on energy with Intelligent Octopus

Meet Barney: A Lewisville local and Octopus Energy customer. Barney is one of thousands of customers using Intelligent Octopus- one of Texas’ first-ever demand response energy products.

Common Intelligent Octopus FAQs

The thermostat is a sacred piece of hardware in any Texas home, which is why we believe in a personalized approach and not a one-size-fits-all program like other suppliers. Intelligent Octopus learns from your habits and preferences to optimize your HVAC usage away from peak demand times, which saves you money and helps keep the grid balanced. When you use less energy during peak demand periods, it costs us less to provide you power. We pass these savings directly to you by offering one of the lowest energy rates in Texas.

There are two different ways we adjust your thermostat:

9 out of 10 Intelligent Octopus customers don’t ove :rride our settings during a hold event.  So you can feel good about trusting us to keep your home comfortable.

Every day in Texas is a little different, just like every household, so we try to customize Intelligent Octopus for each of our customers based on their preferences and what the grid needs.

Here are a few examples of what that could look like: 

  • Hannah’s home: Two 30 minute hold events where we adjust her setpoint up 3 degrees from 5:30 PM to 6 PM and 7:30 PM to 8 PM
  • Leah’s home: One 90 minute hold event where we adjust her setpoint up 2 degrees from 6:30PM to 8 PM 

Hannah’s home isn’t super energy-efficient, so it can’t maintain a comfortable temperature for more than 30 minutes. But Leah’s home is better insulated, giving it the ability to maintain a longer savings event without her noticing or even hitting the higher setpoint.

We're constantly looking at and learning from our data to ensure that we're balancing savings against your comfort and fine tuning event details to you, which is why most of our customers report being as comfortable with Intelligent Octopus as they were before.

Intelligent Octopus operates based on grid conditions. Sometimes the grid needs a lot of help so you may receive more than one event in a day. Other times, when the grid is less stressed, it may be a couple of times a week or even not at all! To maximize your comfort and the impact of our events, we have safeguards in place to ensure hold events don’t happen back to back or too soon after you’ve opted out of our last event.

Yes, you are still fully in control of your thermostat and have five overrides a month before you lose your discount for that billing period. Overrides are okay to utilize, and are an important way that Intelligent Octopus learns your preferences.

At the moment, yes. Intelligent Octopus will override any schedule preferences you have during a hold event, but once the event is over your normal schedule will resume.

We're working to add more thermostat brands. Let us know you want yours added and we'll get on it.

Google Nest is a trademark of Google LLC.

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