INDIANAPOLIS – Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, has teamed with CEIVA Energy, a utility-controlled home energy management system (HEMS) provider. The two companies will work to develop a new way for homeowners to improve energy efficiency. Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
The partnership combines CEIVA’s HEMS with the Carrier smart ComfortChoice Touch thermostat to provide enhanced intelligence and control for both utility companies and homeowners. Using the integrated platform, utility companies have the capability to adjust thermostat settings based on outside temperatures, communicate energy-efficiency and demand-response programs to residential customers, share real-time demand information and encourage customer engagement around energy use.
At the same time, residential customers can increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in the home by eliminating wasteful heating and cooling. Customers can monitor and control their home energy usage through the user-friendly thermostat and convenient mobile and Web platforms.
“This innovative solution uses best-in-class technology to help homeowners and utilities realize great efficiencies,” said Raymond Archacki, senior product manager at Carrier. “The more homeowners can easily monitor and control their home energy use via smart, secure and easy-to-use thermostats and a broader HEMS platform, the more they’ll reduce energy and engage with their utility.”
National Grid, a utility based in Worcester, Massachusetts, will be the first utility company to adopt Carrier and CEIVA’s integrated offering and roll it out to residential customers. Carrier’s 200,000 installed smart thermostats throughout the U.S. will be equipped for the CEIVA platform, enabling a seamless transition as other utilities offer the technology.
“Utilities face increasing mandates to reduce home energy use and engage their customers,” said Dean Schiller, chief executive officer at CEIVA Energy. “Heating and cooling are significant drivers of home energy use — in some regions, they can account for more than 50 percent of the home’s total energy. The combination of CEIVA’s commitment to customer engagement and Carrier’s proven track record for connectivity and usability means we now offer utilities and their customers the best solution on the market.”