Smart Home Ready Americans are excited by smart home options—but 44 percent want the technology already installed before moving in to a new home. Further, 57 percent would consider buying an old home if smart home tech had been installed. So says a new survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate which found that the majority of those who are eager for smart home tech are Millennials, then followed by those from Generation X, and finally Baby Boomers. Although smart home devices are growing easier to install, consumers still want some of the work done for them. Having a home pre-wired and set up for smart home devices, whether a smart thermostat or security system, is clearly now a attractive feature for home buyers.
Environmental non-profit WattTime has launched a new smart thermostat solution that will allow consumers to selectively use clean energy. WattTime, “the nonprofit creating technology that makes using clean energy as simple as tapping your smartphone,” revealed today that it is starting a closed beta program in partnership with Energate, creator of the the H?lH?m smart thermostat. Specifically, a $600,000 grant from The Great Lakes Protection Fund will allow WattTime to integrate its software directly into
There is no clear definition of a smart thermostat. In fact, as more offerings have entered the market, the definition of a smart thermostat has become more misunderstood. Some consider a thermostat “smart” if it has two-way communications (i.e., you can view and change settings on your smartphone). However, this is simply inaccurate. This type of thermostat, according to Navigant Research, is actually considered a communicating thermostat. A communicating thermostat is a device solely enabled to gather an
Automating and controlling various aspects of your home is both convenient and fun in a geeky way. A small portion of these home automation devices will also add comfort and have the potential to save you money. What? Save money? Yes. A smart thermostat can help you save money on your monthly bill. Unfortunately, you need to spend money to save money. But again, a smart thermostat is more than just a long term investment. It’s changing the temperature of your house from the comfort of the couch or bed. It’s monitoring the temperature of your baby room. It’s convenience, easy access, and money saving all in one nice package.
ecobee Inc., maker of the first Wi-Fi-smart thermostat, is teaming up with SunPower, one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies, to help homeowners in California and New York take greater control of their electricity costs. Participating consumers can receive clean, solar electricity from SunPower at prices competitive with traditional sources, while ensuring that energy is efficiently used in the home with ecobee’s smart thermostat. As part of the pilot program, SunPower is offering ecobee owners a $500 mail-in rebate with the installation of a high efficiency SunPower solar energy system.
Earlier this month, Nest’s smart thermostat reportedly stopped working, leaving many users frustrated and their homes freezing cold. Users took their problem to social media, blaming a mysterious software bug that drained Nest’s battery, and complaining that the thermostat can’t connect to the Internet. Connectivity, of course, is the main thing in the Internet of Things (IoT).
Not every home-automation device, sexed up, looks as desirable as a smart thermostat. A Wi-Fi-connected water sensor, however it’s dressed, is still a lowly water sensor serving daily sentry over a washing machine, water heater or flood-prone basement.It’s not glamorous work, but an efficient water sensor can save thousands in potential damages. D-Link’s Wi-Fi Water Sensor (Model DCH-S160, $59.99), a new addition to the mydlink smart-home lineup, is a basic monitor that, connected to a home network, sends a smartphone alert when it detects water.
Earth Networks’ WeatherBug Home, a unique service that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) to integrate its big weather data with connected home devices, today announced a joint initiative with Honeywell to show smart thermostat customers how weather affects their energy use in real-time. These unique energy insights offer consumers improved energy efficiency, comfort and potential cost savings.
Alphabet has a clear and distinct advantage over the competition in the nascent battle to control the smart home.It’s called Nest.Before Google acquired Nest, it was already a popular smart thermostat and darling of the burgeoning smart home and Internet of Things movements. The team was founded by industry veterans in former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers and is now a 1,000-plus person cog in the Alphabet kingdom working to dominate the connected world landscape.
We saw this one coming. Everyone’s favorite smart thermostat, Nest, is now ready to take over your entire home with a new protocol that lets all kinds of devices talk to each other quickly and seamlessly. It’s called Nest Weave.Nest Weave’s primary objective is to make smart homes less dumb. In fact, the Nest team is pushing a novel phrase to describe what its software creates: “the thoughtful home.”