Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Buildings

Market Study Finds WeatherBug Home Delivers Higher HVAC Energy Efficiency

A press release via Eartnetworks.com notes that Weather Bug announced on January 29, 2016, that a market study finds WeatherBug Home delivers 3x higher HVAC energy savings (combined with a connected/smart thermostat) than when a home is simply using a connected/smart thermostat (but not WeatherBug Home). Clients in a national grid study saved 11.4% more on home cooling (16.5% of savings vs 5.1% of savings) when WeatherBug Home capabilities were integrated with a connected thermostat. The study is based on a pilot conducted by National Grid.

hometile-big_data

National Grid (running in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island) is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. It commissioned the customer pilot in residential homes. In comparing HVAC savings between homes with non-connected thermostats (the control group) versus those with a connected thermostat and home energy monitoring reports versus those with WeatherBug Home thermostat optimization as well as a connected thermostat and home energy monitoring reports.

More specific findings from the study include:

  • On a per-square-foot basis, the WeatherBug Home optimized group saved 0.1808 kWh/sqft, compared to 0.0358 kWh/sqft for the control group.
  • Homes integrated with WeatherBug Home’s optimization and controls capabilities more effectively regulated temperatures than homes without these capabilities. Indoor air temperatures for the group with WeatherBug Home optimization controls more closely matched set points compared to the group without that optimization control.

WeatherBug Home is apparently quite a user-friendly application, and promotes behavior changes.

For 20 years, Earth Networks, which powers WeatherBug & WeatherBug Home, has been “Taking the Pulse of the Planet® using the world’s largest weather, lightning, and greenhouse gas monitoring networks.”

WeatherBug itself “provides neighborhood-level weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions.” WeatherBug Home, meanwhile, “taps big weather and connected home data for improved energy efficiency and comfort.”

Smart thermostats are all the rage. One I loved helps the owner to stick to a defined budget, with the basic point being that one can set a limit on the amount of money you want to spend on energy in a month. We’ve also written about WeatherBug in the past, and the Nest and Honeywell learning thermostats.

Related:

Energy Savings Tips For The Cooler Months

10 Energy Saving Tips for Spring

How Home Energy Efficiency Enables Stable Capital Markets

Images via Weather Bug Home


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Offshore Wind Energy

Scottish Power, National Grid, and SSE will partner to construct the world's longest undersea HVDC transmission link from Scotland to Britain.

Clean Power

Scotland aims to power UK and Europe with offshore wind turbines and new undersea cables, leaving US behind in the dust (for now).

Clean Power

A new community solar program in New York State flips the script on affordable PV with universal 10% discount.

Air Quality

Good bye, coal. Hello to natural sunlight being our dominant form of energy again.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.