ComEd, Nicor Gas Tap Whisker Labs for Residential Energy Efficiency Pilot Program

Illinois’ largest electric and natural gas utilities leveraging Whisker Labs’ Connected Savings to offer incremental energy savings to customers with Honeywell connected thermostats

OAKLAND, Calif.--()--Whisker Labs, which is bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market, today announced that ComEd and Nicor Gas have tapped Whisker Labs’ Connected Savings℠ service for a residential smart thermostat pilot program designed to help customers reduce energy costs associated with cooling and heating their homes.

Whisker Labs Connected Savings delivers unprecedented energy intelligence to consumers through the integration of IoT-connected smart home devices, proprietary weather data, and its patented and predictive algorithms. This pilot program will utilize Connected Savings to reduce energy consumption through thermostat optimization and engagement. Specifically, the program seeks to enroll 3,000 ComEd / Nicor Gas customers who already have a Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat installed in their home. A portion of the customers enrolled in the pilot program will engage Whisker Labs’ innovative thermostat optimization service that has demonstrated energy savings above and beyond the average energy savings typically delivered by connected thermostats on their own.

Navigant has been selected as the evaluator to measure and verify the incremental savings from this pilot program. The pilot objective is to learn how connected thermostats can be improved with advanced analytics and to use the data from this pilot to submit this technology for inclusion in the Illinois TRM, which will enable any regulated utility within Illinois to claim savings that result from the thermostat optimization solution.

“ComEd is always looking for innovative demand side management approaches that help bring energy intelligence to our customers to help them reduce energy costs,” said George Malek, director of energy efficiency services, ComEd. “We are looking forward to seeing the amount of energy savings that Whisker Labs can deliver to our customer base.”

Hammad Chaudhry, energy efficiency planning manager, Nicor Gas, adds: “We were impressed with the measurable energy efficiency results and cost savings Connected Savings’ thermostat optimization programs have delivered in other regions, and look forward to analyzing the results of this pilot effort as part of our energySMART Emerging Technology Program.”

Key Connected Savings features include:

  • Thermodynamic modeling – Connected Savings combines its proprietary, hyper-local weather and energy usage data to correlate usage to the weather, and then utilizes patented algorithms to create a detailed and precise thermodynamic model for each individual home to understand how a home will respond to changes in the weather on any particular day. With this model, custom cooling and heating schedules are developed and sent to the thermostat to maximize energy efficiency, while maintaining homeowner comfort.
  • Homeowner engagement via actionable insights – Using information from the thermodynamic model, the platform also provides homeowners with personalized insights detailing home efficiency down to the equipment level, along with tips for improving efficiency and boosting energy savings.

“Our Connected Savings service with its intelligent energy efficiency and personalized customer engagement capabilities enables energy providers to access incremental energy savings from connected devices within their programs,” adds Amena Ali, chief revenue officer, Whisker Labs. “We also offer an industry leading DRMS solution that provides utilities an easy upgrade path to access peak demand savings on the same devices that are delivering year-round energy savings.”

About Whisker Labs

Whisker Labs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, delivers next generation home energy intelligence technology to realize the full potential of the connected home. Whisker Labs’ sensing and software platform optimizes connected devices, and brings non-connected devices online for home efficiency, fault detection, and peace of mind. Our platform is used by market leaders for enhanced energy efficiency and intelligent demand response. For more information, visit


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Illinois’ ComEd & Nicor Gas selects Whisker Labs’ Connected Savings program to offer energy savings to customers with Honeywell Thermostat.

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