At CES 2017 this week in Las Vegas, Vivint Smart Home, a provider of smart home services in North America, and Vivint Solar, Inc., one of the leading residential solar providers in North America, announced a strategic partnership to offer a single, unified experience that will allow customers to intelligently manage both the generation and consumption of energy in the home.
Later this year, new Vivint Solar customers will be able to receive an integrated energy management system from Vivint Smart Home, including a Vivint SkyControl panel, Vivint Element thermostat and home sensors, at no additional cost.
Intelligence optimizes energy usage
Sky, Vivint’s smart home assistant, is the artificial intelligence at the heart of a Vivint smart home, providing intelligent management of both energy production and consumption. For instance, Sky uses data from sensors throughout the home to automatically adjust the temperature based on a homeowner’s specific activity and preferences. Sky also provides intelligent recommendations to increase the home’s energy efficiency, such as suggesting on temperate days that the homeowner open windows and turn off the air conditioner.
The combination of solar energy generation and energy conservation from a smart home allows customers to build the foundation for a net zero home that can produce as much energy as it consumes.
Combined energy savings
Customers can get combined energy savings from a Vivint smart home that reduces energy usage and by receiving power from their solar system oftentimes at lower rates than their variable utility rate. For example, a smart thermostat can help reduce heating and cooling costs by 10-15%t, and Vivint Solar customers typically save on average 10-30% on their current energy costs. Studies also show that a home with a typical residential solar energy system is valued up to $15,000 higher than it would be without the solar energy system.
Single app to manage everything
Vivint Smart Home and Vivint Solar customers will be able to see both their solar production and home energy usage in a single view from their Vivint Smart Home app. They can get insights into current and historical energy usage, visibility of near real-time power generation and intelligent management capabilities to automatically conserve energy.
Customers with this combined solution can also upgrade to a full smart home system, including smart locks, lights, cameras and more.
Intelligent energy management from Vivint Solar and Vivint Smart Home will be available later this year.