Ecofactor Develops a Smarter Energy System for Homes

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Ecofactor Develops a Smarter Energy System for Homes

Did you know you already have the infrastructure for
smart grid services

in your home?
EcoFactor, a new energy management system provider, has developed a SaaS
operates with a two
way communicating thermostat over a broadband Internet
connection, and is hosted on
demand so there is no software to install or m

In EcoFactor's system, a wireless thermostat sends data to a home DSL or cable box. A continual
exchange of data between the home gateway and EcoFactor's servers then allows

servers to
modulate the temperature up or down

optimizing residenti
al heating and air conditioning
(HVAC) usage
according to parameters set by the consumer and data gathered about a
consumer's usage and behavior.

EcoFactor is also revolutionary in the way it evaluates a residence’s energy needs. Today’s
energy systems te
nd to treat all residences the same

whether you live in a mansion in
California or a one
bedroom apartment in New York City. Today’s systems basically use the
same approach and the same energy savings program regardless of location or type of residence.

“Most HVAC energy solutions currently available

like the ‘Energy Saver’ mode on many

follow a one
all model. But what works in February won’t work in April,
and what works in a new house won’t work in an old one,” said EcoFactor

CEO and co
John Steinberg. “EcoFactor is a personalized approach to energy management that takes into
account thousands of data points, such as weather patterns, a home’s unique thermal
characteristics and the occupant’s ever
changing preferences,

in order to provide a more
effective solution that is responsive to the conditions at each individual home.”

EcoFactor’s proprietary algorithms make
their energy system

. The algorithms

and act upon 24,000 data points collected daily. Not
only does the information come from a
consumer’s home, but also from local weather stations and numerous other geographic inputs.
The automated system collects 12,000 data points from inside the home and 12,000 from outside
the home.

The result is an ind
ividualized HVAC Auto
Pilot program that can easily save homeowners 20 to
30% in HVAC energy usage without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Given that more than
50 percent of the average energy bill for American homes goes towards heating and cooling,
uch HVAC reductions result in significant cost savings

’s unique system offers numerous advantages, including:

Demand Response

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thus regulating cost. EcoFactor’s system




Diagnostics and Recommendations

’s system includes diagnostics that will


degradations in

a home’s

HVAC system performance over time

It can also
compare HVAC
systems, building envelo
pes and HVAC programming between like houses and

best practices to the home owner.

Recently EcoFactor announced that it will participate in the

“Take a Load Off, Texas

energy efficiency program sponsored by
, a regulated electric utility delivering power to
more than three million homes and businesses in Texas.
Under the agreement with Oncor,

deliver an efficiency
centric demand response prog
ram to eliminate the need for
three megawatts of peak power

the equivalent of about 2,000 average
sized air conditioning

Ecofactor conducted two years of successful field tests in diverse climates, including
Minneapolis, Minn. and Adelaide, South
Australia. In these trials, the solution’s accurate
assessment of the thermal characteristics and occupant preferences reduced manual thermostat
overrides by up to 90 percent, eliminating the need for homeowners to constantly readjust their
thermostats wit
h the “up” and “down” arrows.

Introducing weather data into the mix gives it an edge over traditional demand response systems.
The weather data, along with the historical data about

home, effectively forms a thermal profile
that allows the company to fine
tune power consumption and reduction.
In traditional demand
response systems
which turn down air conditioners at the behest of utilities to save power
AC is off two
thirds of
the time and on one
third of the time. In the Oncor trials, EcoFactor
managed to shut off AC units completely during peak hours though pre