Germantown, Md., January 24, 2012 — Earth Networks, operator of weather, lightning and climate observation networks, and EnergyHub, Inc., a provider of home energy management software and systems, announce a new home demand response and energy efficiency program called e5SM.
The patent-pending e5 program, which stands for ease, energy, efficiency, environment and earth, incorporates live, neighborhood-level weather conditions and forecasts into demand response programs that aim to reduce peak consumer demand to better manage grid load during extreme weather.
The program is designed to provide home energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort, while putting the consumer in control. The program is launching in Texas during the summer of 2012, followed by expanded implementation with additional utilities planned across North America.
The e5 program takes the burden off utilities to supply, install and maintain home thermostats because consumers play an active role in the program. When consumers choose to join, they select and install program-compatible Internet-enabled thermostats that are available at major home improvement retailers and online.
The program is launching with the 3M Filtrete Wi-Fi-enabled programmable thermostat, which includes EnergyHub's user-friendly software that guides the consumer through the setup process and provides them with ongoing remote HVAC control.
Based on the consumer's own selections, the e5 program maintains desired comfort level while optimizing energy use by pre-cooling or pre-heating in response to local weather, and when a demand response event is anticipated by forecasted conditions. Further, the e5 program provides homeowners with a home energy audit, which ranks the efficiency of the house using local weather conditions including temperature, wind and solar fluctuations. From the rankings, e5 provides a customized and prioritized list of recommended steps consumers can take to save energy and reduce costs for their home energy systems, which drive the majority of consumer demand during peak periods.
Weather is the largest variable impacting home energy demand. The e5 program integrates data from more than 8,000 Earth Networks weather stations installed at schools and public buildings around the country to provide live, local weather data for a customer's location.
The e5 program is available to all utilities. Earth Networks representatives will be available to discuss the program at DistribuTECH in San Antonio, Texas, in booth #4456. EnergyHub representatives will be available at booth #1621.