Union Mutual and EcoNet Controls partner to protect homes and properties


MONTPELIER – Union Mutual Insurance Company and EcoNet Controls are proud to announce an innovative partnership to help protect the homes and properties of Union Mutual policyholders.  The partnership subsidizes the cost of a smart water shutoff solution designed to prevent unexpected water losses resulting from appliance malfunction and frozen pipes.  This partnership is part of Union Mutual’s effort to protect its policyholders from risks associated with the increased frequency of severe weather events, such as the Polar Vortex event of February 2023.


The “Bulldog,” EcoNet’s flagship product, is a simple-to-install device that is designed to shut off the main water supply when remote sensors detect water leaks.  The device can be equipped with up to 20 remote sensors, a hard-wired sensor, and is available with a battery backup to protect a home without power for up to 24 hours.  Installation of the Bulldog takes only 15 minutes and does not require the assistance of a professional plumber.


“As a regional insurer, we see first-hand the devastating losses that homeowners suffer when there are broken pipes and appliance failures,” Union Mutual President & CEO Lisa Keysar said. “Water is the leading cause of loss for homeowners in 2023, surpassing fire and wind.  With increasingly common severe weather patterns, we see it as our duty to look for innovative ways our policyholders can protect their assets.  Union Mutual is committed to subsidizing the price of these devices to ensure our policyholders have access to affordable and easy-to-install smart devices that protect a home against severe water damage.”


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Union Mutual of Vermont Companies, founded in 1874, is a property casualty insurance group consisting of Union Mutual Fire Insurance and New England Guaranty Insurance Company Inc., both based in Montpelier, Vermont; and Community Mutual Insurance Company, based in Latham, New York. The Companies write a total of $212 million in direct premium annually through independent agents throughout New England and New York, and are all rated A (Excellent) with a Stable Outlook by A.M. Best.