The Smart Thermostat is designed to provide the energy-saving control of a programmable thermostat with easy-to-use functionality that homeowners can understand. The unit operates via a touchscreen or the Internet. A “wizard” function provides step-by-step setup through a series of simple questions, the firm says. The thermostat allows utilities to communicate with customers and to send alerts and notices of demand response events. 877.932.6233. www.ecobee.com.