WeatherBug, Honeywell team up on energy efficiency, smart thermostats

WeatherBug and Honeywell are helping Texas homeowners save money and energy, all while staying comfortable, regardless of the weather. Starting this summer, consumers using one of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi thermostats with the Total Connect Comfort app can sign up for the WeatherBug Home software update.

The upgrade optimizes the Honeywell thermostats based on the latest weather conditions, while allowing them to continue using the Total Connect Comfort app, and is available now in Texas.

On average, the weather drives about 50 percent of a home’s energy use. By integrating WeatherBug Home’s real-time, hyper-local data and patent-pending algorithms, homeowners with Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostats can automatically adjust their thermostat set points to a maximized blend of comfort and savings. They will also be able to access free Home Energy Insight ScoreCards and help local energy utilities boost efficiency, better allocate resources, and keep the power on during peak demand times.

Program components include:

·         Automatic Thermostat Optimization: WeatherBug Home combines real-time weather data with energy usage information from Honeywell’s Wi-Fi thermostats with the Total Connect Comfort app to create a thermodynamic profile of each home, and automatically optimize thermostat settings. Connected thermostat pilots in Texas and Massachusetts consistently demonstrated an average of 4 percent savings of whole home energy efficiency, or 8 percent of their HVAC costs, totaling about $75 per year.

·         Energy Insight ScoreCard:  Every month, homeowners in the program receive a monthly WeatherBug Home ScoreCard. The ScoreCard helps explain why a house “behaves” the way it does in relation to the weather, and reveals the biggest drains on energy use compared to neighbors’ homes. Homeowners also receive forecasted energy usage for the next month, and an energy efficiency audit with customized tips for savings.

·         Home Energy Meter: The Home Energy Meter shows how hard a home’s HVAC system needs to work to keep occupants comfortable. Simply sliding the thermostat temperature bar will display projected monthly HVAC costs, energy use, and a home’s carbon footprint.

·         Managing Peak Demand: During peak energy demand times, WeatherBug Home utilizes each home’s thermodynamic model to help balance overall grid demand and keep power flowing by raising temperatures modestly while keeping the customer as comfortable as possible. For utilities, the Honeywell-WeatherBug Home partnership offers a consumer-friendly approach to reduce peak load and smooth out demand.

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