Integrating Real-Time Hyper-Local Solar, Wind and Temperature Data with Smart Meter and Connected Thermostat Data to Improve Load Management and Save Consumers Money
Weather and its dynamics are the single biggest driver of energy usage. Integration of key weather variables - solar, wind velocity and direction, and temperature information - into home energy management and demand response programs is critical to maximizing energy efficiency and cutting costs.
SmartHome by WeatherBug® is an innovative direct-to-consumer or utility-distributed demand response and home energy management program that compares Green Button data with our hyper-local quality controlled rich weather information. This high resolution weather information and Green Button data is combined with sophisticated algorithms to analyze home energy use, provide a Home Thermodynamic Profile (HTP), and recommend actions to reduce energy consumption enabling improved load management for utilities.
SmartHome compares consumer’s advanced meter data from the Green Button Connect My Data program with our real-time hyper-local deep weather information to analyze home energy use and recommend ways to save money. While consumers may be able to access their energy data, they need analytics to provide insights to understand what drives energy use and causes bill fluctuations – and what to expect next month.
Consumers receive an easy to interpret SmartHome ScoreCard which providing a Smart Check rating of their usage compared to similar sized houses near them, suggested improvement for lower energy usage, and a usage forecast for next month. Click here to take a tour of the ScoreCard!
SmartHome Plus (formerly e5)
SmartHome Plus uses real-time hyper-local weather information from the dense Earth Networks-WeatherBug network of more than 10,000 weather stations, together with connected thermostat and smart meter data, to determine how the house responds to varying weather conditions. Utilizing the Earth Networks big data processing infrastructure, this data enables SmartHome Plus to optimize energy use by pre-cooling or pre-heating a home when a demand response event is anticipated, while maintaining the customer’s desired comfort level – critical to any successful demand response program.
Simple to Set Up and Easy to Use
Earth Networks has partnered with EnergyHub to deliver SmartHome Plus (e5) through an interactive online system that puts customers in control of making informed decisions about their energy consumption. Customers with a qualifying Internet-capable thermostat, whether distributed by their utility or purchased by the customer from leading home improvement stores or online, simply input their temperature settings and the highly intuitive SmartHome cloud application does the rest.
SmartHome (e5) combined with EnergyHub’s robust and scalable demand response management system results in increased energy efficiency and demand response capacity. EnergyHub’s user-friendly energy management tools feature:
- Web and mobile apps for remote control
- Guided schedule setup for easy and efficient programming
- Customer engagement that helps maximize energy efficiency
Customers also receive the SmartHome ScoreCard providing additional insight into their energy usage and recommendations on how to save money.