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Now part of the cable connected home experience from Comcast: a learning thermostat service and remote-controlled LED light bulbs.

Comcast EcoSaver

Comcast has launched some new energy-focused services to its digital home product Xfinity Home, highlighting a new way to make homes more efficient: buy it from your cable company. On Monday Comcast announced that Xfinity Home now includes a smart thermostat service called EcoSaver and last week Comcast announced that it plans to sell remote-controlled, efficient light bulbs through Xfinity Home, too.

Comcast’s new EcoSaver smart thermostat service is powered by Bay Area startup EcoFactor, and that partnership was announced last year. Customers who sign up for the thermostat service get one of the Xfinity connected thermostats — from device makers like Radio Thermostat of America and CentraLite — and the EcoFactor software learns the home’s heating and cooling patterns and incrementally shaves off energy consumption.

comcast basic cable adapterThe idea is that customers can reduce their energy consumption and energy bill due to heating and cooling in tiny and automated amounts, and without sacrificing comfort in the home. The homeowner can also override the system at any time. It’s like how the Nest learning thermostat works, but without the Nest thermostat.

For startup EcoFactor, the product launch is a big deal. The company, which itself launched in 2009, now has its software available to 23 million customers just through this partnership.

For Comcast’s connected lighting service, the cable company is working with lighting company Osram Sylvania to launch LED light bulbs that can be controlled remotely. Comcast says that the light bulbs could save customers 83 percent on their energy bill and could last 17.5 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs.

LEDs from Cree (not the ones being used by Xfinity Home)

LEDs from Cree (not the ones being used by Xfinity Home)

Comcast’s Xfinity Home products are using the cable company’s broadband network reach, and home WiFi to connect home devices — like these new light bulbs and thermostats — to the cloud. Customers will probably buy the services because they want the home automation aspect (in addition to connected video security services, and door and window lock monitoring services) and as a byproduct they’ll be reducing their energy consumption, too.

Cable and telecom companies have been moving into offering home energy management, connected thermostats and connected lighting to their products over the past couple of years. AT&T launched their digital home product, which includes the option for a thermostat, earlier this year. See this article back in 2011 to see how long telcos and cable cos have been working on adding a layer of energy management.

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  1. And an extra NSA layer….

  2. ConnectedHomeGeek Monday, June 10, 2013

    Correction: both the thermostat and Sylvania bulbs communicate with the Xfinity Home controller via ZigBee Home Automation v1.2.

    1. Source: http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-and-osram-sylvania-announce-agreement-to-bring-remote-controlled-smart-light-bulbs-to-the-xfinity-home-platform

      “Specifically, the SYLVANIA ULTRA iQTM LED BR30 flood light bulb has a life of 35,000 hours, which reduces maintenance and lamp replacement costs. In addition, it has integrated dimming controls that use the Zigbee® Home Automation standard to create a system that can be controlled wirelessly for quick and easy adjustments using a smartphone or the Xfinity Home app.”

  3. Our whole home just keeps getting connected. But, just because this new Comcast EcoSaver is available, doesn’t mean it has the same type of testing as other smart thermostats. Plenty of great options exist, so I hope consumers do additional research and look into the smart thermostat that fits them. You can read more about it here. http://www.homeenergyefficiencyaudit.com/smart-thermostat-set-it-and-forget-it/

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