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Opower has introduced the next generation of its thermostat platform featuring support for Honeywell’s Comfort Control API, which extends the platform to additional Honeywell WiFi thermostats. Additionally, another new feature, Set for Savings, incorporates recommendations based on actual energy and billing data to improve the consumption efficiency for thermostats connected to the Opower platform.  

Direct Energy is the first retail energy provider to deploy the solution as part of the company’s new smart thermostat initiative available to all residential customers in Texas.

Opower’s senior vice president of product Alex Kinnier says, “As connected thermostats increase in popularity, there is a significant opportunity to integrate proactive advice based on energy and billing data into the customer experience. Set for Savings is our latest feature to not only help customers become more efficient, but to make their overall experience significantly more enjoyable.”

Opower reports the new platform is specifically designed “to make it easier for retail energy providers and utilities to deploy a WiFi thermostat program as part of a direct load control program, an enhancement to an existing energy audit program, or as a standalone energy efficiency program.”

Residential customers will eb able to choose from numerous Honeywell thermostats including the WiFi VisionPRO, WiFi FocusPRO and WiFi Smart Thermostat.

In addition to Set for Savings, new features include an enhanced customer service portal and mobile optimized pairing tools for installation technicians.

Adam Miller, Direct Energy’s Senior Director for Innovation adds: “Direct Energy’s connected home program gives our customers the ability to control and learn about their energy usage, through Opower’s leading software and Honeywell’s proven thermostats. Direct Energy will match our expert home services network, which includes One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, with Opower and Honeywell to bring together great customer experience, a high degree of reliability and a joint commitment to helping customers save money on their bills with a competitively priced energy plan.”

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