EcoFactor Cuts Home Energy Use by 17%

EcoFactor is a company that you may begin to hear about in your neck of the woods.  Today, they announced the results of several pilots and deployments of a personalized, SaaS-based solution for managing residential energy use.  The results: households using EcoFactor saved an average of about 17% per month on energy and up to $56 per month in energy costs.

What’ s interesting about EcoFactor is the fact that the customer doesn’t need to compromise comfort, change behavior, or monitor energy consumption — EcoFactor works in the background to save up to 30% on heating and cooling costs.

For example, here’s how EcoFactor works in North Texas.  A customer pays $19.95, and EcoFactor installs a communicating thermostat that uses the customer’s internet to interface with EcoFactor’s energy management service.  Like cruise control for a car, EcoFactor keeps the customer’s desired temperature but optimizes it to save energy.  The service is free for six months and raises to $8.99 per month after that, according to the Dallas Morning News.

EcoFactor uses the thermostat as a sensor and identifies each home’s unique thermal characteristics, while taking into account occupant preferences and weather patterns, and uses this data to determine how to most efficiently heat or cool the home at all times, according to information obtained from EcoFactor.

[EcoFactor] works because we’re going beyond basic remote controls that just make the specific changes that consumers tell them to – and thus can only save energy to the extent the homeowner understands how to reduce usage and change their behavior accordingly. EcoFactor does it automatically, maintaining desired comfort levels while delivering big reductions in energy use,” said John Steinberg, CEO of EcoFactor.

As a matter of fact, a majority of programmable thermostat users manually adjust their settings and use them incorrectly, according to research by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.  EcoFactor helps by optimizing how the thermostat works according to the customer’s feedback and adjustments.

The EcoFactor system has been made available to customers through several demand-response trials run by utilities, but it could be made available in the future through other channels such as high-speed internet and home security system providers.

Credits: EcoFactor

  • Al

    If one reads this article, it has NO rational explanation whatsoever of how this is supposed to work.  Some how magically connecting your thermostat to the web is supposed to save energy… this is propaganda.

  • Lemak

    Windows, you could use ANY windows for your building but you will have no, NO result at all if you use PASSIVE-house constructions or if you use PLASTIC in any form in the floor, walls or roof.We like to see details even of your constructions.
    Talk is talk, but we like to see how the constructions are.In Sweden we have over 1-million molding houses and there will be more and more every year. There is 4,6 millions houses in Sweden.Shame on you architects, and as well constructors which are not open-minded, clever enough, for learn how to construct house so that they will be absolutely free from Mould.
    Mould in PASSIVE-house are costly, millions of US$ and the house rotten. Passive house are very warm in the summer and very cold in the wintertime.
    Please, LEARN and listening to the nature as well.
    Forbid ALL buildings with PLASTIC in the constructions.
    All the best from Sweden andEnergy ArchitectLeopold Makender

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