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May 9, 2012

EcoDog Launches Enhanced Green Button Web App for Residential Customers of SDG&E and PG&E

New Web Tool for Major California Utilities Shows Consumers Savings Opportunities, Solar Sizing Options and EV Charging Costs

Green Button Energy LogoSAN DIEGO — May 9, 2012 — EcoDog, Inc., an innovator in home energy efficiency and management, has announced the launch of its Green Button Web app that enables residential customers of two of California's largest utilities to view their electric usage data to find money-saving billing options as well as estimates for solar sizing and electric vehicle charging costs.

EcoDog CEO Ron Pitt commented, "Since previewing a Windows version of our EcoDog Green Button App for SDG&E at the beginning of this initiative, we’ve learned a lot about what consumers can do with this data. This has enabled us to launch an enhanced, Web version of our app that provides many more features and can be used with Windows, Macintosh and common Internet browsers. We’ve taken advantage of the patented energy analytics software in our FIDO Home Energy Watchdog System to give consumers a variety of energy (and money) saving insights."
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March 22, 2012

EcoDog Previews Green Button App for SDG&E Residential Customers: New App First to Give Consumers Enhanced View of Energy Saving Opportunities

Green Button Energy LogoSAN DIEGO — March 22, 2012 — EcoDog, Inc. has announced the launch of its Green Button Preview app that gives San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) residential customers an advanced view of their electric usage data along with how it might be impacted by installing solar power or electric vehicle charging. The Green Button initiative, inspired by a White House call to action, is an industry-led effort to provide electricity customers with easy access to their energy usage data in a consumer-friendly format via a "Green Button" on electric utilities' websites. With this information in hand, customers can get a better understanding of their energy usage and find ways to reduce electricity consumption and help lower bills, all while ensuring they retain privacy and security.
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September 15, 2011

Home Energy Monitoring Enables Troubleshooting to help Residential Buildings Meet Green Promise

Increasing numbers of homeowners and home builders are incorporating energy efficiency features into new construction and remodels, with nearly 50,000 new green home projects registered as of March, 2011 according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Unfortunately, some homeowners are finding that it takes more than a green building to live up to expected energy savings because it can be difficult for consumers to effectively measure and compare energy costs.
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April 22, 2011

Clary Solar Celebrates Earth Day as Authorized Dealer for EcoDog's Enhanced Solar Energy Monitoring System

SAN DIEGO — Apr. 22, 2011 — EcoDog, Inc., a leader in home energy efficiency and management solutions, announced that Clary Solar is an authorized dealer for EcoDog's FIDO Home Energy Watchdog featuring the most advanced alternative energy monitoring system on the market today. "At Clary, we are especially concerned about helping to achieve the long-term goals of the client and believe that Earth Day is a good time to reinforce that saving energy offers the best return on investment for consumers aiming for a greener lifestyle. However, many users are surprisingly unaware of where their energy is being used and EcoDog helps hone in on their usage. The FIDO Energy Watchdog is an ideal solution for homeowners because it shows both consumption and production from the solar system, allowing us to design systems so that customers get the most economical system with all the power that they really need," observed Junaid Qazi, president of Clary Solar.
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February 9, 2011

Solar Power Gets a Lift with New Feed-In Tariffs that Pay Residential and Business Consumers for Solar Generation

EcoDog Net Metering GraphBend, Ore. — Feb. 9, 2011 — Oregon residents are the beneficiaries of a new solar incentive program passed by the legislature that took effect last summer. Customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and Idaho Power in Oregon can apply to be part of the feed-in tariff program that pays the owner of a solar electric system a fixed premium rate for every solar kilowatt-hour (kWh) generated over 15 years as capacity is available. Similar programs have been used successfully in Germany, which has among the world's most extensive installations of solar power.

Shawn Allen president of EcoVentures NW reports that the new program is driving considerable interest in new solar installations. He noted, "consumers who purchase solar equipment along with solar energy management tools can gain multiple benefits by improving energy efficiency to maximize feed-in tariff payments and receive up to a 30 percent tax incentive for the entire purchase price from the Federal government as well."
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November 16, 2010

BUILDING PRODUCTS Magazine Selects EcoDog FIDO Home Energy Watchdog as a 2010 Green Product Award Winner

EcoDog Green Product AwardSAN DIEGO and WASHINGTON DC — Nov. 16, 2010 — BUILDING PRODUCTS magazine has selected EcoDog's FIDO Home Energy Watchdog as one of only 16 award recipients in its third annual Green Product Awards contest, with the winners representing some of the best new eco-friendly products for the home.
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September 21, 2010

Residential Solar Monitoring: Enabling grid-smart consumers |Read all about it in: Solar Novus Today

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June 30, 2010

EcoDog Moves to New San Diego Facility as Production Ramps Up to Meet Growing Demand for Home Energy Management

New Solar Power Installations and Increasing Use of Smart Meters Spur Growth

SAN DIEGO — June 30, 2010 — EcoDog, Inc., an innovator in home energy efficiency and management, is relocating from their Vista, Calif. location to expanded new headquarters on Pacific Center Blvd. in San Diego’s Sorrento Mesa high-tech hub effective July 1. More than triple the size of their existing location, the new facility will be closer to vendors, staff and many key local customers while providing more space for product development, testing, customer service and administrative support.
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June 24, 2010

EcoDog Wins Seat at Prestigious CONNECT Cleantech Venture Roundtable

SAN DIEGO — June 24, 2010 — A panel of industry experts and business leaders joined together to select EcoDog, Inc., an innovator in home energy efficiency and management, as one of five winners in the 2010 CONNECT Cleantech Venture Roundtable, a highly selective competition that attracted a broad range of applicants from various cleantech fields to evaluate their venture-readiness. The five companies chosen win an invitation to present their business plans to an exclusive group of venture capitalists at the June 24 event.
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April 22, 2010

EcoDog Introduces Advanced Residential
Solar Power Monitoring System

FIDO Solar Energy Watchdog Enables Detailed View of Alternative Energy Generation and Consumption in Dollars and KWhr; Tallies Real-Time Savings with In-Home Net Meter

FIDO Solar Screen ShotSAN DIEGO — April 22, 2010 — EcoDog, Inc., an innovator in home energy efficiency and monitoring systems has announced the release of its new FIDO Solar Energy Watchdog system. Based on input from solar integrators seeking to provide more comprehensive information about energy use and real world savings to their customers, EcoDog has added the industry’s most advanced solar power monitoring capabilities to its award-winning FIDO product line. In addition to FIDO's room-by-room energy usage monitoring, the system’s new energy generation monitoring capabilities the same level of detail for any type of alternative energy input including solar, wind and even emergency generators. These features enable comprehensive in-home net metering that displays alternative energy input from multiple sources, compares energy generation versus consumption in real time and calculates savings in both dollars and Kilowatt-Hours.
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April 15, 2010

EcoDog Debuts Innovative Residential Solar Power Monitoring System at San Diego Earth Fair

Local Startup to Offer Free Installation for Earth Fair Buyers of Both Solar and Home Energy Monitoring Systems

Earth Day LogoSAN DIEGO — April 15, 2010 — EcoDog, Inc. will demonstrate their new FIDO Home Energy Watchdog system at San Diego’s Earth Fair in Balboa Park on April 18. The company has recently added the industry’s most advanced solar power monitoring capabilities to the FIDO product line. Winner of San Diego CommNexus 2009 Gadget of the Year Award, the FIDO system is designed to give homeowners a room-by-room graphic overview of their energy use complete with real-time rate information, user-defined text notifications and personalized saving tips based on individual usage patterns. The new solar monitoring features enable comprehensive in-home net metering that displays alternative energy input from multiple sources, compares generation versus consumption in real time and calculates savings in both dollars and KiloWattHours.
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March 30, 2010

EcoDog FIDO Home Energy Watchdog Highlights Energy Efficiency at Brookfield’s EcoSavvy Homes Grand Opening

San Diego Cleantech Innovator Celebrates 1st New Home Installation

Brookfield Rockrose New Home ModelCARLSBAD, Calif. - March 30, 2010 - EcoDog, Inc., a leader in home energy efficiency and management, announced that its FIDO Home Energy Watchdog system has been selected as the home energy management option for the eco-savvy Rockrose at The Foothills neighborhood by new home builder Brookfield Homes. This marks EcoDog’s first installation in the new homebuilder market.
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February 11, 2010

CommNexus Industrial Leaders SIG to Host ‘Being Grid Smart’ Panel with SDG&E, EcoDog and Solekai Systems

CommNexus Logo LogoSAN SAN DIEGO — February 11, 2010 — Ron Pitt, CEO of EcoDog, has been invited to participate in an upcoming panel discussion about ‘Being Grid Smart.’ Pre-register online at: http://bit.ly/cc6FjO
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February 3, 2010

EcoDog to Lead Home Energy Management Workshop with California Center for Sustainable Energy

SAN DIEGO — February 3, 2010 — EcoDog, Inc., an innovator in home energy efficiency and management systems, will lead a free Workshop on Home Energy Management in conjunction with the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) February 9. Pre-register online at:
CCSE Logohttp://bit.ly/SDHomeEnergy
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November 16, 2009

EcoDog CEO to Present FIDO Home Energy Watchdog System at Dow Jones Alternative Energy Innovations 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - November 16, 2009 - Joining a select group of startup firms in the alternative energy sector, EcoDog, Inc., an innovator in home energy efficiency and management, is slated to showcase its FIDO Home Energy Watchdog System at Dow Jones Alternative Energy Innovations 2009. Company founder and CEO Ron Pitt will demonstrate highlights of the system that promises to save homeowners upwards of 15 to 25 percent on electric bills at the conference which opens November 17 at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay.
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November 4, 2009

EcoDog's FIDO Home Energy Watchdog System Receives Top Honors at CommNexus Gadget Fest 2009

FIDO Technology Fetches "Greatest Gadget" Award

GadgetFest AwardSAN DIEGO — November 4, 2009 — EcoDog, Inc., an innovator in home energy efficiency and management received the Greatest Gadget Award for its FIDO Home Energy Watchdog System at the CommNexus Gadget Fest 2009. Currently in pilot production and slated for launch later this year, the FIDO system is designed to give homeowners a comprehensive, room-by-room graphic overview of their energy use complete with real-time utility charges and personalized saving tips based on individual usage patterns. Typical FIDO users can expect to save 15 to 25 percent on their home electric bills and the system can also be used to identify "energy hogs" in the home that may produce even greater savings.

In a close race with Verizon Wireless' new Droid phone, EcoDog's FIDO system ultimately won the award based on a combination of the judges' scores and audience enthusiasm for the products. When asked by the moderators to make a tie-breaking final statement, Pitt won over the crowd noting simply, "This is the only product demonstrated tonight that will pay for itself and save homeowners money."
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Gadget Fest Presentation EcoDog founder & CEO Ron Pitt (center) presents the FIDO Home Energy Watchdog system to CommNexus Gadget Fest moderators Andy Abramson and Ken Rutkwoski. Inserts show a FIDO software screen and circuit breaker interface hardware.

June 17, 2009

EcoDog Receives Angel Funding from California Energy Executive

Recognizing Opportunities for Consumer Savings and Demand Reduction, Former SDG&E Chairman Tom Page Invests in Home Energy Watchdog Startup

SAN DIEGO — June 17, 2009 — EcoDog, Inc. has received an initial round of angel funding from energy veteran Tom Page, retired head of San Diego Gas & Electric and Enova Corp and an active investor in energy-related businesses. According to EcoDog CEO Ron Pitt, "EcoDog's executives have funded the company through the recently completed beta testing phase of our FIDO Home Energy Watchdog system. So far, we've received a great deal of interest from potential sales channels and are now ready to launch a more extensive pilot program that requires additional funding. This investment is the first piece of a $5.6 million venture round that will be completed by year's end. We appreciate Tom's confidence in our developments and feel that his extensive understanding of these markets will also be a tremendous asset for EcoDog."
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EcoDog at EarthFair - In the News

April 19, 2009 - XETV Channel 6 News

April 16, 2009:

EcoDog to Preview Money-Saving FIDO Home Energy Watchdog at San Diego Earth Fair

SAN DIEGO - April 16, 2009 - EcoDog, Inc., will preview their new FIDO Home Energy Watchdog system at San Diego's Earth Fair in Balboa Park on April 19. Slated for launch this summer, the FIDO system is designed to give homeowners a comprehensive, room-by-room graphic overview of their energy use complete with real-time rate information and personalized saving tips based on individual usage patterns.
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