Alarmcom has filed a patent for systems and techniques to monitor energy use habits of consumers. The method involves obtaining temperature data from a property, generating an energy model based on the data, and using the model to generate a duty-cycle for the HVAC system during on-peak hours. The system then instructs the HVAC system to cycle off and on based on the generated duty-cycle. GlobalData’s report on Alarmcom gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Monitoring energy use habits of consumers

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Alarmcom Holdings Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230315135A1) describes a computer-implemented method for optimizing energy usage in a monitored property. The method involves maintaining data related to a time period when predicted energy usage exceeds a threshold value provided by a utility company. Additionally, the method maintains data indicating a requested temperature for the property during the time period. If the temperature difference between the requested temperature and the current temperature of the property does not meet a second threshold value, the method determines the predicted time required for the HVAC system to adjust to a second temperature that satisfies the first threshold. It then checks if the time difference between the current time and the time period satisfies the predicted time. If it does, the method instructs the HVAC system to execute a pre-cooling or pre-heating process to reach the second temperature before the time period.

The method also includes maintaining an energy model of the property generated using temperature data and using it to generate a duty-cycle for the HVAC system during the time period. This duty-cycle determines the cycling between the second temperature and the requested temperature. At the end of the time period, the method sets another temperature to mitigate the whip back effect of the electric grid. The method can also adjust the duty-cycle based on the proximity of the actual temperature to the second temperature.

The patent further describes a system that includes one or more computers and storage devices to perform the method's operations. It also mentions a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing software with executable instructions for the method.

Overall, this patent presents a computer-implemented method and system for optimizing energy usage in a monitored property by pre-cooling or pre-heating the property based on predicted energy usage and requested temperature. The method utilizes an energy model and duty-cycle to cycle the HVAC system between temperatures during a specific time period. This innovation aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs for property owners.

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