Residential Controls

Dec. 15, 2014: Home Energy Management to Exceed $3 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2020

Google’s Purchase of Nest Has Provided a Boost to the Market

After years of sputtering growth, the home energy management (HEM) market has begun to gather momentum, notes Navigant Research. Product vendors, utilities, service providers, retailers, and other stakeholders report increasing activity, and there are signs of growing awareness among consumers.

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Daikin Partners With Nest

Companies Work to Integrate Residential Products

Daikin North America LLC announced it is working with Nest Labs Inc. to build integrations for its full range of Daikin brand residential products that will allow them to function with Nest products.

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Dec. 1, 2014: Venstar Thermostat Update Enables Automated Demand Response

Firmware Update Complies with Title 24 Requirements

Venstar® has announced the release of its new Firmware 3.14 update for its ColorTouch® residential and commercial color touch screen, programmable thermostats. This update delivers added automated demand response (ADR) and equipment fault detection (EFD) in compliance with California’s Title 24.

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Nov. 26, 2014: Early Smart Home Adopters Expect 50+ Wireless Sensors in Their Home by 2018

Data Reliability Was Selected as the Most Important Feature of a Smart Home System

According to an ON World survey with over 1,000 U.S. adults, over a third believe they will have wireless sensors in their home within five years and 20 percent of the likely adopters expect to have 50 or more wireless sensors installed within the next five years. 

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Nov. 25, 2014: GE and Quirky Announce Connected Home Products

Companies Introduce Multiple New Smart Home Products

GE and Quirky have unveiled seven new connected home products — including a smart HVAC controller designed to replace thermostats — that are available now on the new At the website, consumers can purchase more than 100 Wink-compatible partner products from 15 brands.

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Nov. 12, 2014: US Consumers Eager for Internet of Things in the Home, Survey Reveals

Cost Savings, Safety and Security Cited as Primary Drivers Behind Smart Home Adoption

Savant®, a leading smart home technology company, has released new survey results that indicate more than half of consumers in the United States believe that home automation will be an everyday feature in less than 10 years.

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Oct. 21, 2014: Shipments of Smart Thermostats Expected to Reach Nearly 20 Million by 2023

Devices and Software Appeal to a Variety of Customer Segments, Not Just Consumers

First introduced in the late 2000s, smart thermostat technology has only recently gained real traction among customers, says Navigant Research. During the last year, the market for communicating and smart thermostats has expanded rapidly, with new offerings from several high-profile providers.

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Oct. 14, 2014: Google-Backed Home Automation Group Accepting New Members

Thread Group to Build Connected Home Products Using Its New Wireless Networking Protocol

The Thread Group announced that it has opened membership and will begin accepting applications from companies interested in using the Thread protocol in their products. The group was established in July by seven companies to develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless mesh networking protocol designed specifically for the home.

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ecobee Inc.: Wi-Fi Thermostat

The Wi-Fi-connected ecobee3 thermostat and remote sensors measure temperature and occupancy in multiple locations, resulting in increased comfort when an occupant is home and energy savings when he or she is away. 

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Mercury Mandate Takes Effect in Massachusetts

Mercury T-Stats Must Now be Delivered to Collection Sites for Recycling

Any person or contractor replacing a mercury-containing thermostat in Massachusetts must now deliver it to an appropriate collection site to be recycled.

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