Comcast, the national cable television and internet provider, is getting into the home energy conservation game. The company said it will partner with EcoFactor, a provider of energy management solutions, to create a new service that optimizes the heating and cooling patterns of a home and integrates with the Xfinity Home platform.
The platform already provides next-generation remote home control and energy management features, allowing customers to maintain access to their home and family through the use of a free Xfinity Home app as well as through any Internet-connected device. Users of the service are able to control and monitor lighting, thermostats, security systems through the mobile platform, and soon water and carbon monoxide sensors will join the list.
EcoFactor has made a name for itself by developing cloud-based software that incorporates real-time weather data and consumer interaction to give customers continuously evolving, personal “smart home” energy plans. Through its agreement with Comcast, the company will be able to bring its energy-saving technologies to an even broader audience.
“Comcast wants to bring its customers a solution that reduces energy use, but doesn’t ask them to compromise comfort or change behavior. That has always been EcoFactor’s mission and it’s great to see a major service provider validate our approach,” said Roy Johnson, CEO, EcoFactor.
EcoFactor’s software takes into account the thermal characteristics of the house and the temperature preferences of the occupants. Over time, EcoFactor estimates its service can help customers lower their energy use and potentially reduce the cost to heat and cool a home by up to 30 percent.