As Vice President of XFINITY Home Deployments for Comcast Cable, Dennis knew that XFINITY Home’s capabilities had evolved from home security into multi-faceted automation. But as he was beta-testing a new product application that will allow customers to monitor their energy usage, Dennis saw the platform’s value in a whole new way.
"All of a sudden I was much more diligent, because I could see how much energy the lights were using just by looking at the XFINITY Home app on my phone," Dennis says.
It’s exactly that sort of reaction that Dennis and his team aim to bring to XFINITY Home customers when they add new and enhanced features.
"We are well positioned to build on the platform and allow our customers to find more ways to reduce energy usage," Dennis says. "We're looking to innovate so we can help customers be more environmentally conscious while also accomplishing their other goals — such as saving money."
That mission of innovation took an important step forward in 2013 as XFINITY Home joined forces with EcoFactor to introduce the EcoSaver™ solution — a feature that integrates with XFINITY Home thermostats to help heating and cooling systems run more efficiently and intuitively.
"Comcast was at the top of our list of ideal partners," says John Steinberg, Co-founder of EcoFactor. "The XFINITY Home team shared our vision for how energy management could simplify people’s lives and become a part of a larger, integrated home automation solution."
A significant part of that shared vision is what John calls "savings without sacrifice," a concept that aims to give customers maximum convenience. XFINITY Home customers can rely on the system to adjust to their preference, such as having automatic "home/away" thermostat settings, in order to better optimize energy and cost savings.
"We focus on generating results in a way that lets people focus on living their lives," John says. "XFINITY Home with EcoSaver delivers multiple benefits — comfort, convenience, leading-edge technology, cost savings, reduced energy use — that appeal to everyone."
Dennis and his team are continually working on home automation solutions for everything from door locks and garage door openers to appliance controls and HD-capable security cameras.
"Our vision is for the home to get smarter and smarter," he says. "We want your systems to understand where you are, what your preferences are, and how to react accordingly. You’re comfortable, you’re conserving energy, you’re optimizing your bill, and there’s very little required of you."
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