With startup Nest, the leader of the original iPod and iPhone teams and other Silicon Valley veterans have cooked up the Learning Thermostat, an entirely new approach to efficient home heating and cooling.
The familiar manual Honeywell thermostat will get a 21st-century upgrade by connecting over the Internet to Opower's home energy-efficiency recommendation service.
Silicon Valley start-up launches a hosted business intelligence application for optimizing heating and cooling systems to a given home.
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.
Tendril is designing a home energy system aimed at people who aren't tech-savvy or willing to work hard on energy efficiency.
Some companies, like Nest, have proven that home energy-use systems can be consumer-friendly. Maybe this is why Google is reportedly giving such a device another try.
The acquisition brings with it the Learning Thermostat and the Protect smoke and CO detector as Google looks to make its mark in the smart home.
Khosla Ventures is among those that plowed funds into a startup that has already attracted a lot of attention on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
Designed to react to people's actual behavior and not algorithms, the Eversense adjusts a home's heating or cooling based on when the last person leaves and the first person comes home.
Today Honeywell announced that it is providing a service on its Web site that gives an idea of the savings customers could potentially achieve by using a programmable thermostat.