The State of IP (Web-Based) Enabled Thermostats.
[This post was updated on 4/10/12. It now includes revised and expanded information. Please let me know if anything is missing!]
I’ve been looking into IP-based thermostats, that is, thermostats which can be managed remotely via the web. I’ve collected a number of vendors below. The idea is coming into its own and a number of companies have picked up on it and it is a great idea – as it could significantly lower electrical costs for homes and businesses. Before I move on to the actual reviews here are a few questions I have I’d love to hear your thoughts on:
- Do you know of any other companies that manufacture and/or sell IP enabled thermostats?
- Do you know of any companies that offer discounts to non-profits?
- Do you know of any companies which support LAN-based thermostat management but not internet-based? I’d like to add them to the list…as they can be managed remotely via programs such as LogMeIn.
- Are sold through a local contractor, not directly from the manufacturer.
- On eBay the units appear to be selling for $300-$500.
- The website is very nice and the device appears very nice, but you are going to pay a premium.
- They have a new device with an apparently lower price this month (April 2012).
- Sold directly from the manufacturer.
- Price ranges from $140 to $250.
- Also rebranded by Filtrete and sold through Home Depot at a cheaper price ($100).
- Requires either a “C” or “common” wire or an external transformer for power.
- Site and thermostat both look aesthetically pleasing.
- Sometimes distributed as Homewerks (e.g. on Amazon).
- On eBay the units appear to be selling for $100-$200.
- One of the oldest IP thermostat manufacturers.
- Has residential and commercial solutions.
- Includes web-based remote control if desired, but not necessary.
- Claims typical energy savings will pay for thermostat in around a year.
- Claims can be installed in thirty minutes or less by an end user.
- Does not charge any ongoing monthly fees for the web-based service.
- Includes reporting, analysis, and monitoring functions.
- Has mobile websites created to support major mobile phone providers.
- Does not operate wirelessly, but does sell powerline ethernet adapters to use powerlines to communicate with router. Cost is less than $60/ea.
- Pricing is around $220/ea. for thermostats.
- Requires Net/X thermostats and then a central network controller which relays traffic out for remote management.
- Cost for thermostats themselves is $300+.
- Cost is $200 per unit for the basic level.
- Includes wireless built in.
- Initial programming occurs via USB to computer, only initial configuration must be done in this manner.
- Annual fee for advanced management and reporting functionality of $15.
- $150 for thermostat.
- Must have a Nexia Bridge to utilize ($99).
- Ongoing cost is $8.99/mo.
- Utilizes Z-Wave (similar to ZigBee).
- Also sells appliance modules, cameras, lighting controls, and door locks.
- Has received a lot of press due to being designed by a former Apple employee.
- $250 for the thermostat.
- Read Jacqui Cheng’s review for Ars Technica here.
- Utilizes the ZigBee protocol to wirelessly communicate with a gateway device which allows for communication with Enphase’s website.
- Also integrates with solar panels.
- No easily found pricing.
- Wireless access seems to be in-home only.
- They have a Surveyor product meant for businesses which manages HVAC as well as lighting, etc.
- Impressive product line but appears to work through utilities.
- Appears to be available only in limited geographic areas.
- Site failed to load as of 4/9/12.
- Offers two internet enabled options – the original ComfortLink and now the ComfortLink II.
- These are full color thermostats.
- Offers a Connect line of products which operate with WiFi.
- Thermostat is $200.
- Has the Prestige 2.0 thermostat which includes internet capabilities.
- Unsure of pricing.
Site hasn’t been updated since 2007 according to copyright, appears to be vaporware.
- No notes on what type of facility is required to save this much, e.g. will one save more with a larger building?↩