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Silicon Valley start-up launches a hosted business intelligence application for optimizing heating and cooling systems to a given home.
The company says that data collected on homes using automated thermostat software system show an average 17 percent reduction in energy use.
Start-up EcoFactor offers residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area the option to regulate household climate using weather predictions, as well as a home's thermal characteristics.
Leading competition for environmental start-ups awards company with a platform for maintaining desired home temperature more efficiently.
EnergyHub's Mercury service, which connects to smart thermostats to optimize home energy settings, will be offered through broadband providers, thermostat makers, and utilities.
Nest Labs and its Learning Thermostat bring Silicon Valley's strengths in consumer electronics and software programming to energy, a shift that can go a long way to bringing green technology home to consumers.
White paper finds cost benefit increases for utilities the more consumers agree to participate in managing electricity use.
Expect to see more gadgets and services for helping consumers cut back on energy use through a networked console connected to the electricity meter and appliances.
Start-up can track big power-consuming appliances in the home, a feature that could make energy monitors better at pinpointing energy savings.
Dozens of companies are developing tools to ratchet down home energy use as part of utility smart grid programs, but nobody is sure which approach will stick with consumers.