The smart home is more accessible than ever with the launch of Reliant's new suite of home security packages and automation tools. These solutions help customers connect anywhere, anytime, to what is often their largest investment - their home.

Retail electricity customers can now sign up for a customizable security package from Reliant, or enroll in a new electricity plan that offers a home automation package. These new advances provide a broad customer-focused platform for integrating emerging and future home technology innovations.

"We are passionate about powering people at home and on the go and with these new security and home automation solutions, we can make life easier and more comfortable for consumers," said Elizabeth Killinger, president of NRG Retail and Reliant. "Customers can conveniently and remotely control devices in their home through a new app - all from the comfort of their couch or from thousands of miles away."

The security solution offers 24/7 professional, live security monitoring services, expert installation and remote access via mobile devices and computers. Customers on the go can use the app to:
  • Arm/disarm their security system;
  • Open/close their garage door and know when it's open or closed;
  • Turn on/off their lights even when away from home;
  • Unlock/lock their doors remotely to let family, friends, contractors or others into their home; and
  • Keep an eye on their home with video cameras that record based on specific actions, such as when the alarm is triggered.

In addition to the new security offering, customers who want home automation can sign up for a select Reliant Free Weekends SM 24 plan that includes an easy to install package with a smart thermostat, smart plug and gateway device. Customers can then use the mobile app to:
  • Connect to devices via the gateway;
  • Set schedules for appliances and lights using their smart plug; and
  • Lower cooling and heating bills by setting a smart schedule for their thermostat, which can reduce costs up to 10% annually according to a Department of Energy study.

Consumers can call 1.844.758.7674 for more information on products and services.

About NRG

NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) owns Reliant Energy Retail Services LLC (Reliant) which provides electricity, smart energy solutions and energy services to business and residential customers across Texas. NRG is a Fortune 250 company that is at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Backed by a diverse portfolio of nearly 140 power generating facilities that can support millions of homes and businesses nationwide, NRG's retail businesses, including Reliant, serve almost 3 million customers in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Collectively, NRG's retail brands are the largest providers of electricity in Texas. For more information about Reliant electricity, smart energy solutions, energy services and products, please visit and connect with Reliant on Facebook at and on Twitter @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007

Security and Home Automation Services are offered by NRG Connected Home LLC dba Reliant, a sister company of Reliant Energy Retail Services LLC, both of which are wholly owned by NRG Energy, Inc.

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