As utilities around the world deploy smart meters, smart appliances (which use an intelligent power management strategy to optimize the load on the power distribution grid) have a significant role to play in realizing the vision of the smart grid. Currently, these appliances are limited in terms of availability and types of products, but they will start to represent an increasing share of the total appliance market after 2015. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the annual value of the smart appliance market will grow from $613 million in 2012 to $34.9 billion in 2020. Continue reading
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A thermostat for the smartphone generation
The next generation Nest has a new, slimmer design, is enclosed by a solid stainless steel ring and works with 95% of low voltage systems.
The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. By programming itself, the Nest thermostat can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. You just have to teach it well.
- 2nd generation design – Nest is now 20 percent thinner and works in 95 percent of homes with low voltage systems
- Auto-Schedule – Nest remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
- Auto-Away – Nest saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
- Remote control – Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
- Easy install – Most homeowners install Nest themselves in 30 minutes or less. After that, it’s just a matter of changing the temperature
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One of the primary goals of the smart grid movement is to empower consumers with greater control over their use of energy in the home. However, this objective has proven to be an elusive one for utilities and other key stakeholders in the industry, and the promise of the smart energy home remains largely unfulfilled. Many customers have been less enthusiastic about smart meters than the utilities originally anticipated, and in fact smart meters have been the subject of significant consumer opposition in some service territories. Meanwhile, utilities and their vendors have struggled to identify the appropriate user experiences and business models for home energy management and smart energy devices. Most pilot programs in the United States have continued to operate at a small scale as stakeholders explore these issues, and a number of utilities are wrestling with the fundamental question of what their role will be in terms of providing energy services on the customer side of the meter. Despite these industry challenges, consumers still display solid interest in the overall concept of home energy management and in using smart appliances, according to a new consumer survey published by Pike Research.
The survey found that 47% of consumers would be “extremely” or “very” interested in home energy management products and services that would allow them to monitor and control energy usage in their home, based on a general description of the concept provided in Pike Research’s questionnaire. Similarly, 45% of survey respondents stated that they would be interested in connected smart appliances that would help them manage their electricity consumption more efficiently. Continue reading
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NYSE: GE) — Nearly all Americans (96 percent) think improved appliance efficiency is important for personal financial reasons, yet many homeowners don’t realize their water heater is the second single-biggest, energy-consuming appliance in their home, behind the HVAC system and that more energy-efficient options are available in the marketplace.
“Approximately 50 percent of U.S. households use a standard electric water heater”
To address consumers’ growing desire to save money and be environmentally conscious, GE is launching GeoSpring™, the firsthybrid electric ENERGY STAR®-qualified water heater manufactured in the U.S. that will save an average consumer $325 every year on their utility bills.
“There are very few products for your home that will save homeowners as much money as the GeoSpring,” said Stephen Downer, GE product general manager for water products. “With the state of today’s economy, we’re betting on acceptance of this technology from consumers who want to save money on their energy bills and support the GE employees in the U.S.” Continue reading
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Refrigerators use more electricity than any other kitchen appliance. Although, in the past several decades, advances in technology have cut refrigerator energy use by more than 60 percent.
The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.
By following the tips below, you can begin to reduce your energy consumption and the effects your refrigerator has on the environment.
✔ Choose an EnergyStar rated refrigerator – EnergyStar qualified refrigerators are required to use 20% less energy than models not labeled with the EnergyStar logo. By choosing an EnergyStar model, you could cut your energy bills by $165 over the lifetime of your refrigerator.
If you are still operating a refrigerator which was purchased in the 1980s, replacing it with an EnergyStar rated model could save you over $100 a year on your electricity consumption. Replacing a refrigerator bought in the 1970s could save you nearly $200 every year. Continue reading
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