26 Jan '12, 12pm

Smart! This software adjusts your thermostat based on weather forecasts in your neighborhood

Smart! This software adjusts your thermostat based on weather forecasts in your neighborhood

Home energy management systems and smart thermostats feature a lot of programmable settings that allow users and their utilities to maximize energy savings. Usually these are based on a consumer's schedule or times of peak energy demand for the utility; but what if a thermostat could pre-program itself based on weather forecasts to optimize both a consumer's energy savings and grid performance? EnergyHub and Earth Networks' new demand response software called e5 will allow smart thermostats to do just that. Using Earth Networks' system of 8,000 weather observation stations around the country (the same that power its WeatherBug apps), the e5 system will use live, neighborhood-level weather conditions and forecasts to anticipate major changes in weather and manage heating and cooling needs in advance, in the most energy-efficient way. Heat wave coming? The program will start...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/smart-software...

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