Early Devices such as Smart Thermostats Provide a Gateway to Further Adoption of Home Automation
October 2, 2013
Currently valued at $1.5 billion, but with only 1.5 to 2.5 percent penetration in most states, the home energy management systems (HEMS) market is poised for significant growth, according to a report by GTM Research. The firm forecasts that the U.S. HEMS market will be worth over $4 billion by 2017.
Utilities Can Emphasize the Ease of Use and Non-Intrusiveness of Smart Thermostats
September 23, 2013
Utilities already have many commercial and industrial (C&I) customers on demand response programs, curtailing power usage during peak times to balance the load over the course of a day. Smart thermostats offer the opportunity to get more residential customers on board with energy efficiency.
Development Partners Will Provide Wider Range of Options for Homeowners
September 18, 2013
Honeywell has announced an application programming interface (API) program that enables development partners to build application software that interfaces with numerous Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats including the color-customizable Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.
Honeywell Intl. Inc., manufacturer of the original round thermostat and long-standing manufacturer of both nonprogrammable and programmable thermostats, recently challenged certain advertising claims made by newcomer and rival Nest Labs Inc., which first began selling its Nest Learning Thermostat™ in late 2011.
Thermostats to be Included in Southern California Edison’s Residential Demand Response Program
July 15, 2013
EnergyHub and Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that EnergyHub is enrolling thermostats from a number of thermostat manufacturers and service providers as part of SCE’s residential demand response study on programmable communicating thermostats this summer.
ecobee Inc., makers of the ecobee Smart Thermostat, has announced the launch of its new public application programming interface (API). Through the API, ecobee said the company and its partners will create connected home solutions for homeowners.
Allure Energy Inc. announced that its EverSense™ wireless smart thermostat control will be built in Austin, Texas. Allure selected local contract manufacturer Kodiak Systems to manufacture the product starting next month.
As part of a partnership with Nest, Green Mountain Energy Co. is offering customers the opportunity to pair 100 percent renewable electricity with the Nest® Learning Thermostat™. Consumers can now receive the thermostat at no charge as part of the Pollution Free™ Efficient with Nest renewable electricity package.
Telkonet Inc., developer of the EcoSmart energy management platform, announced that two Youville Assisted Living Residences in Massachusetts have successfully implemented its EcoInsight Basic thermostats.