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Smart but Early: Home Energy Management

A sampling of the players jockeying for position in a nascent market


The company compares neigh-boring households' energy use and provides reports that 25-plus utilities send free to consumers.


Using a communicating thermostat, EcoFactor manages HVAC. Customers of Texas utility Oncor, which will subsidize the program, can sign up now.

Google PowerMeter

If they have smart meters, customers of 10 utilities can use this free service to store energy-use data online.


This platform can manage energy — the smarter the home, the more intelligent the management. The company is in talks with 30 utilities.

A version of this article appeared in the April 2010 issue of Fast Company magazine.