Honeywell, Opower Join Forces for Smart Thermostat
The key towards moving a low-carbon, or lower-carbon economy is to maximize energy efficiency of the fuel that we are already using. Honeywell and and Opower, a smart grid technology leader, will team up to create more smart grid tools for consumers. To start, the companies will develop a web-connected programable thermostat that can help utility customers save money. Details are still sketchy, but customers will be able to monitor their home energy use via a smartphone, tablet computer, or any device connected to the web. We will assume Honeywell will provide the hardware, and Opwer the smart technology. Most likely the devices will be a tad more advanced that what is pictured above. Smart grid needs to be accessible and cost-effective in order for it to gain greater acceptance by consumers. The U.S. could benefit from a wide scale smart grid lab that is on the scale of South Korea’s, but in the meantime, steps like partnerships between Honeywell on Opower are definitely needed.