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.

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Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.