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The Zen of Synergy: Making Smart Thermostats Smarter

Posted by Ginger Juhl on Jun 15, 2017 2:20:00 PM

Have you ever had a sense that two things just naturally belong together?  Or that when they’re apart, something is missing?  For me, peanut butter and jelly are at the top of this list.  And then there’s red wine and chocolate, macaroni and cheese, fish and chips… I’m sensing from my examples that perhaps I should not have skipped lunch today.

But there are plenty of non-edible examples too: yin and yang, bow and arrow, needle and thread….  You get the picture: things that naturally click. 

I feel the same way about the new partnership we announced this week with Zen Ecosystems. Think about it. Our energy-saving HVAC synchronization patents are all inspired by the amazing communications networking that happens in a hive of honey bees. And Zen – with its “they’re a beauty to behold” smart thermostats -- is, well, very Zen. Together, we’re more Zen than Zen, with a total focus that incorporates a togetherness of purpose.

Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 10.31.49 AM.pngWe’re both about reducing energy consumption, and we’re both focused on cutting carbon emissions. Independently, we both achieve these goals, but together, it’s pure synergy in motion. In adding our Swarm Logic intelligence to their smart thermostats, Zen is making them uber-smart.  In fact, two large retail customers have already realized a 15-20 percent reduction in peak demand charges, on top of the 15-25 percent energy savings realized by Zen alone. 

I’d like to share our press release with you so you can read more about this exciting new partnership that will immediately benefit almost any company with rooftop HVAC units.

It’s the Zen of energy savings. 

Press Release



Topics: Smart thermostat, building energy management, Energy Efficiency, energy savings, energy conservation, HVAC Control, HVAC efficiency