SXSWeco Interview: Roy Johnson of EcoFactor


ecofactor-logoEcoFactor is a software company that enables “communicating thermostats” to better manage energy use in homes. The idea is to automate energy management in ways that a human being would never be able to do alone. Once up and running, EcoFactor says they can typically provide savings in the ballpark of 10-15 percent – a payback that winds up being instant for most consumers who purchase the service through channels such as Comcast.

EcoFactor’s software actually builds a schedule around household behavior, doing things like turning down the heat or air conditioning when a homeowner is not in the house. To top it off, data is provided to customers offering them information about where they’ve made strides in saving energy and how one’s household use stacks up to their neighbors.

I sat down with EcoFactor’s CEO Roy Johnson to learn more…

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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