ComEd, Nicor Gas, Whisker Labs connect for smart home energy efficiency pilot

ComEd and Nicor Gas have tapped Whisker Labs’ Connected Savings service for a residential smart thermostat pilot program designed to help customers reduce energy costs associated with cooling and heating their homes.

Whisker Labs Connected Savings delivers energy intelligence to consumers through the integration of IoT-connected smart home devices, proprietary weather data, and its patented and predictive algorithms.

This pilot program will use Connected Savings to reduce energy consumption through thermostat optimization and engagement. Specifically, the program seeks to enroll 3,000 ComEd / Nicor Gas customers who already have a Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat installed in their home.

A portion of the customers enrolled in the pilot program will engage Whisker Labs’ innovative thermostat optimization service that has demonstrated energy savings above and beyond the average energy savings typically delivered by connected thermostats on their own.

Navigant has been selected as the evaluator to measure and verify the incremental savings from this pilot program. The pilot objective is to learn how connected thermostats can be improved with advanced analytics and to use the data from this pilot to submit this technology for inclusion in the Illinois TRM, which will enable any regulated utility within Illinois to claim savings that result from the thermostat optimization solution.

Key Connected Savings features include:

·      Thermodynamic modeling – Connected Savings combines its proprietary, hyper-local weather and energy usage data to correlate usage to the weather, and then utilizes patented algorithms to create a detailed and precise thermodynamic model for each individual home to understand how a home will respond to changes in the weather on any particular day. With this model, custom cooling and heating schedules are developed and sent to the thermostat to maximize energy efficiency, while maintaining homeowner comfort.

·      Homeowner engagement via actionable insights – Using information from the thermodynamic model, the platform also provides homeowners with personalized insights detailing home efficiency down to the equipment level, along with tips for improving efficiency and boosting energy savings.

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