WASHINGTON — Earth Networks announced that it showcased WeatherBug® Home, its residential energy efficiency program, at the 2014 Energy Datapalooza, an event hosted by the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Earth Networks was among a select group of private-sector companies exhibiting in the Innovation Showcase to demonstrate how they are utilizing the power of data to build a clean energy economy.

Fifty percent of home energy use comes from weather’s effects on HVAC, said Earth Networks. WeatherBug Home taps into weather data from Earth Networks, which operates one of the world’s largest real-time weather data collection networks. By combining this exclusive data with smart meter data and the power of smart thermostats, WeatherBug Home intelligently and automatically optimizes a home’s thermostat based on the weather — delivering energy efficiency to reduce utility bills while also keeping homeowners comfortable.

The Innovation Showcase also highlighted the WeatherBug Home ScoreCard, which automatically scores homes on energy efficiency. Using smart meter data, weather data from Earth Networks, and patent-pending algorithms, the WeatherBug Home ScoreCard provides a customized monthly snapshot of a home’s energy efficiency, including a virtual energy audit, customized recommendations to save energy, a comparison to similar homes, and an energy bill forecast for the next month.

“By leveraging freely available government data and tools, entrepreneurs and innovators are helping to build the clean energy economy,” said Todd Park, U.S. chief technology officer and assistant to the president. “Innovations like those featured today at the Energy Datapalooza can help Americans conserve energy, save money, and advance a safer and cleaner future.”

“Weather drives the majority of our residential energy use. While we can’t control the weather, we can harness smart meter data and new technologies, such as connected two-way thermostats, and combine them with WeatherBug’s hyper-local weather data for energy savings. Ultimately, it’s about delivering new, powerful ways to boost homeowners’ — and our country’s — energy efficiency with WeatherBug Home solutions,” said Amena Ali, CMO, Earth Networks.

For more information, visit www.weatherbughome.com.

Publication date: 5/26/2014

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