Home » Business News » 2011 » June » June 16, 2011

EcoFactor Wins CTSI Utility Technology Challenge

June 16, 2011 - Redwood City, CA

EcoFactor, a leading residential energy management solution offered through service providers, today announced that the company has won the Utility Technology Challenge, a contest hosted by the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI). CTSI is a non-profit industry association that represents the organizations that are currently developing, commercializing, and implementing energy, water, and environmental technologies.

Designed to identify and recognize companies that address gaps in the clean technology commercialization process, the Utility Technology Challenge (UTC) is an annual program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. More than one hundred companies entered the competition this year, from which EcoFactor was one of three awarded top honors. The evaluation committee felt EcoFactor offers one of the most compelling solutions for real-world customers.

Recognized for its successful deployment of an individualized and automated energy management program, EcoFactor enables home service providers to offer an energy management service to homeowners that does not require residents to compromise comfort or change behavior. EcoFactor's patented cloud-based service uses the home's broadband service to connect with a communicating thermostat. Using the thermostat as a sensor, EcoFactor's system then identifies each home's unique thermal characteristics, while also taking into account occupant preferences and weather patterns, and uses this information to determine how to most efficiently heat or cool the home. The homeowner always remains in control, and can adjust temperature settings on their thermostat at any time.

EcoFactor also recently announced aggregated results that demonstrate the dramatic savings the service makes possible. The data, collected from deployments by multiple service providers delivering EcoFactor's service around the country, shows, on average, a 17% reduction in energy use on top of an unoptimized but programmed thermostat. Additionally, the company released results showing that the EcoFactor service also increased residential demand response yield by 36% relative to conventional DR techniques.

"Winning the Utility Technology Challenge further validates EcoFactor's approach to residential energy management," said John Steinberg, CEO and co-founder of EcoFactor. "To be selected by a committee of leaders in the energy industry is a strong acknowledgment of our capability to lead the market and drive consumer adoption of residential energy management."

Add to Digg Bookmark with Add to Newsvine

Jason Mandell or Virginia Zimpel
+1 415 625 8555


Comment on this story