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 October 1, 2015 - 9:15 AM EDT
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WeatherBug Home and Honeywell Enable Smart Thermostat Users To See How Weather Impacts Their Energy Use

Linking weather big data with connected thermostats helps unlock greater energy efficiency and comfort

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.

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On average, weather drives approximately 50 percent of a home’s energy costs. By pairing the Honeywell Total Connect Comfort Wi-Fi thermostats to the WeatherBug Home Connect feature in the WeatherBug app, Honeywell customers can access personalized insights that show how hard their home’s HVAC system is working to keep them comfortable given the weather. WeatherBug Home’s thermostat temperature analytics estimate daily and monthly HVAC costs, as well as energy use, by thermodynamically modeling energy used against current and forecasted weather – and providing the only outdoor and indoor weather analysis on home energy usage.

“The connected home is all about delivering homeowners peace of mind—including energy savings,” said Jeremy Eaton, President, Honeywell Connected Home. “For homeowners– our joint initiative with WeatherBug Home reflects a unique opportunity for Honeywell customers to gain insight into their energy use and improve their energy efficiency while maintaining comfort.”

WeatherBug Home and Honeywell are also engaging in automated thermostat optimization programs with utilities across the country, offering utilities superior energy efficiency and peak load reduction solutions. This is possible by leveraging WeatherBug Home’s thermodynamic approach which can deliver additional HVAC savings of 8% on top of the Honeywell thermostat through weather optimization of customers’ schedules, personalized home energy efficiency ScoreCards, and intelligent demand response that reduces peak loads while keeping homeowners comfortable through adaptive pre-cooling and precise controls. The collaboration is enhancing utility reliability and engagement while keeping Honeywell customers comfortable and potentially helping save them more energy and money.

“By offering Honeywell connected thermostat customers immediate insight into how the current weather is impacting their energy usage, costs and carbon footprint, Earth Networks’ WeatherBug Home app extends beyond the confines of the smart home to empower a smarter consumer,” said Bob Marshall, chief executive officer, Earth Networks. “At the same time, working with utilities on their thermostat optimization programs can help bring even more cost savings and comfort to consumers.”

To get these real-time weather-energy analytics, Honeywell customers must download the WeatherBug app.

About Earth Networks: Powering WeatherBug & WeatherBug Home

For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet® using the world’s largest weather, lightning and greenhouse gas monitoring networks. Our sensors across the planet keep consumers, businesses, and governments informed, updated and alerted. Our popular WeatherBug® brand provides neighborhood-level weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions. Our WeatherBug Home offering taps big weather and connected home data for improved energy efficiency and comfort. Enterprises such as schools, airports, professional sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimize operations. Know Before®.

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Brian Lustig, 202-469-3608

Source: Business Wire (October 1, 2015 - 9:15 AM EDT)

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