Philadelphia, PA and Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 6, 2012 – Comcast is the latest communications provider to expand in the home energy space with an agreement with energy management solution provider EcoFactor to create a new service that optimizes the heating and cooling patterns of a home and integrates with the Xfinity Home platform.
The solution will enable customers to potentially reduce their energy use and save money on their utility bills, as well as enhancing the Xfinity Home security and home control service. EcoFactor’s proprietary, cloud-based software incorporates real time weather data and consumer interaction to give customers continuously evolving, personal “smart home” energy plans.
“Through our Xfinity Home service, we’ve created a broadband and cloud-based platform for security, remote home control and energy management,” said Mitch Bowling, senior vice president and general manager of New Businesses for Comcast Cable. “With EcoFactor, we see an opportunity to bring new and exciting technologies to our customers through an automatic energy management solution that works in real time.”
EcoFactor’s “smart home” solution “learns” the unique heating and cooling patterns of a home and makes automatic and incremental adjustments to the thermostat based on real-time weather data, the thermal characteristics of the house and the temperature preferences of the occupants. The homeowner maintains full control over the thermostat. Over time, the system adapts to user inputs to help reduce energy while keeping the home comfortable.
“Comcast wants to bring its customers a solution that reduces energy use, but doesn’t ask them to compromise comfort or change behavior,” added Roy Johnson, CEO of EcoFactor. “That has always been EcoFactor’s mission and it’s great to see a major service provider validate our approach.”
EcoFactor also is working with Comcast to integrate its complete back-office solution, including training, support for on-boarding, installation and the reporting that provides customers with the details of their energy use.