Home Management System
A mobile application from Tendril, a startup in Boulder, CO, will make it possible to control appliances and heating-and-cooling systems from an iPhone. The app is designed to work with Tendril’s smart outlets (which monitor and control individual appliances and lighting) and smart thermostats (which allow fine-grained control of furnaces and air conditioners). These devices communicate wirelessly to an Internet-connected household hub, through which they can be controlled via the iPhone or any other means of Web access. They also enable utilities to tweak electricity loads, with customers’ permission.
Courtesy of Tendril
Product: Vantage Mobile
Cost: Included in the $100 typical cost for initial setup of Tendril’s energy-management system