Thermostats

Aug. 28, 2014: Direct Energy Brings Comfort & Control Plan with Nest to More States

Plan Offers a Nest Learning Thermostat at No Cost
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Through its partnership with Nest, Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services providers, announced that it will be extending its Comfort & Control Plan to natural gas customers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. The plan includes a Nest Learning Thermostat™ at no cost. 


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Home Automation Products Gaining HVAC Industry Traction

Ease of Use, Options Improving as Prices Start to Come Down
By Jen Anesi
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In only a few years, the number of connected “smart” products for the home has increased exponentially as homeowners have shown more and more interest in being able to monitor and control their homes from nearly anywhere.


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Contractors in Charge of Surging Home Automation Market

Listening, Offering Options Help Contractors Close a Sale
By Jen Anesi
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The home automation market is growing globally at an incredible pace. The prevalence of these products can be seen with a quick trip to the hardware store, where anyone can find an array of Wi-Fi-capable home automation products, including thermostats, door locks, lights, video cameras, and more.


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ICM Controls Corp.: Touchscreen Thermostats

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The i3 Series of touchscreen thermostats features 14 programmable models including a family of Wi-Fi models capable of being remotely controlled via a smartphone app.


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Contractors Discover Profit Potential in Recovery Upsales

TRC Connects Recycling to Cashflow
By Ryan L. Kiscaden
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Believe it or not, that quick-silver gooey stuff you used to play with in grade school can actually make you money.


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Aug. 13, 2014: ecobee Appoints Osama Arafat as Co-CEO

Company Prepares for Growth and Introduction of a New Smart Thermostat Product
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ecobee, manufacturer of Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats, announced that Osama Arafat has joined the company as co-chief executive officer. As co-CEO, Arafat will be responsible for leading the product strategy, engineering, and customer care teams and will co-lead the organization with Stuart Lombard.


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Aug. 13, 2014: Home Automation App Offers Support for Nest Thermostat

Enables Users to Quickly Set Up Automated Actions for the Home
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Revolv Inc., a home automation app developed to unify control of smart home devices from a single app, has announced its new support for Android and official integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat™. In addition, the company released an updated version of its iOS app.


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Aug. 6, 2014: Honeywell, StarTex Power Help Texans Save Energy with Wi-Fi Thermostats

Program Will Also Subsidize the Cost of the Thermostat, Which Will Make It a Low or No Cost Device
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Honeywell and StarTex Power, a Constellation company and electricity provider that serves customers across Texas, have teamed up to offer homeowners and small businesses an energy-saving bundle that combines competitive electricity rates with a Wi-Fi, app-driven thermostat from Honeywell.


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July 31, 2014: NetworkThermostat Announces Cloud Service for Its Smart Thermostats

Company Now Offers Both Direct Connect and Cloud Connect Options
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NetworkThermostat has announced its CloudConnect™ service for the company’s Net/X™ Wi-Fi and Ethernet smart thermostats. CloudConnect provides Net/X users with the convenience of remote access using the cloud with no limits on the number of thermostats or locations under the user’s management.


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July 23, 2014: European Smart Thermostat Company Raises Funds for Global Expansion

Company Provides Intelligent Climate Control for Consumers
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Smart thermostat company Tado, headquartered in Munich, Germany, announced that it has closed a new round of financing, raising €10 million ($13.6 million) from current backers Target Partners, Shortcut Ventures, and other investors with the intention of building a global brand.


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