GERMANTOWN, Md. — Earth Networks® announced that its WeatherBug mobile app has been named by Electronic House as a 2016 Product of the Year Winner in the Energy Monitoring Devices & Services category. The WeatherBug app was recognized for its Internet of Things (IoT)-centric smart home approach that provides consumers with real-time analytics on how weather impacts their energy usage in order to make smarter home energy efficiency and utility cost decisions, while enabling more intelligent demand response for utilities.

Electronic House magazine’s Product of the Year Awards recognize the best technologies, products, and services for the connected home.

“Integrated smart home technology today is restricted to what is happening in the home, but 50 percent of a home’s energy usage is driven by the weather. By integrating our proprietary, hyper-local neighborhood weather data with connected thermostats and utility meter data, the WeatherBug app extends personalized, actionable data insights beyond the smart home, in turn empowering a smarter consumer,” said Bob Marshall, chief executive officer, Earth Networks. “We are thrilled that the WeatherBug app has been recognized by Electronic House for its innovation and user benefits.”

Earth Networks said it has been assembling a number of smart home partners, including Nest, Samsung SmartThings, Comcast, Honeywell, Emerson, Accelerated Innovations, ecobee, and utility providers. WeatherBug’s thermodynamic model approach enables consumer energy efficiency savings and intelligent demand response through the optimization and automated control of HVAC systems, appliances, and more. The company noted that National Grid recently released a study finding WeatherBug Home delivers three times higher consumer energy efficiency, with 16.5 percent electricity savings on home cooling, when its capabilities integrate with a connected thermostat.

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Publication date: 4/5/2016