When most people think of weather, the idea that comes to their minds generally centers around the idea of venturing outside to experience the current conditions. The obvious exception to this rule, is someone using forecast data to plan for events in the future. So what about using weather data to help you save money on your electric bill by getting a handle on heating/cooling costs?

Google Latitude +ioBridge + WeatherBug = Location Aware Home Automation

A weather controlling ioBridge option is a simple yet, undeniably brilliant concept. Take existing services and bundle them into usable service that will provide the end user with a location aware means of controlling their home thermostat. And thanks to Hans Scharler of ioBridge, this is exactly what people can look forward to.

At its core, the system once setup “knows” where the user is located based on the GPS of the users smart phone. So based on the users location, the ioBridge utilizes a brew of Latitude and WeatherBug data to determine what the optimum thermostat settings should be.

How does all of this work?

The system works as follows. System looks to WeatherBug’s API data to determine what the current temperature is outside. From this, the thermostat adjusts the temp of the inside of your home to the appropriate levels. Where Google Latitude comes in is that the temperature is also adjusted as the user becomes more distant from their home. So here is an example of a typical day. WeatherBug’s API indicates that the A/C needs to be turned on due to heat outside in order to keep the home cool until the residents leave for the day. As the residents leave the house, Google Latitude gives the system the all clear to reduce cooling as no one is home or on their way home. So WeatherBug’s API can indicate where cooling or heating ought to be set on any given day while Google Latitude allows the system to turn things down when the person leaves. It’s simply brilliant.

Want to learn more about the WeatherBug API?

If you’re impressed with how the WeatherBug API can be integrated into different technologies, then I would suggest you consider taking it for a spin on your own. Registration is easy and with a choice of a REST or GEO API to choose from, there’s no time like the present for getting WeatherBug data into your  latest software creations!