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I am constantly intrigued by the various camps that espouse their unique technologies as being the next global standard in the Internet of Things (IoT) or in home automation. Quite frankly, there are no set standards in the mindset of the average consumer. Consumers, by and large, do not quibble over technologies or standards except [...]

Smart Appliances may not see the light of day anytime soon…

A recent Park Associate report, “Consumer Attitudes and the Benefits of Smart Grid Technologies,” stated that the market for smart appliances will evolve slowly for the following reasons:
• Consumers are unlikely to replace existing appliances with smart appliances
until existing appliances fail or become too expensive to maintain
• The premium most consumers are willing to pay [...]

Energy Efficiencies in a Home Energy Management System (HEMS)

I have always been intrigued by smart home concepts and technologies that seemingly make life easier for consumers. My view is that a smart home would actually be smart in its efforts to curtail energy waste and reduce cost to the homeowner.

The industry as a whole looks at load shedding, dynamic pricing, Time of [...]

Is Consumer Education on Energy Savings What it Really Aught To Be?

All the recent discussions among professionals on providing “energy information” to consumers are interesting and give a perspective of how industry individuals see the issues. Whether too much information or just enough information will cause behavior changes in how we use electricity is not so much a concern when stack against the idea of NO [...]

Are Consumers Ready for a Social Network in Home Energy Management (HEM)?

Keeping consumers informed may address some of the issues relating to utility smart meter rollout but doesn’t really deal with, as so aptly stated in Kate Rowland’s article “Are consumers ready for the smart grid?” (Intelligent Utility, December 28, 2009), the psychological factors. We still wrestle with understanding consumer motivation and want. We don’t really [...]

AHAM sees smart appliances as the basis for smart grid

Here’s another me too organizations pushing their agenda unto the industry and trying to compete with the many others who stand to gain or loose in the battle for “oneness.” While I do applaud the efforts of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), I am somewhat aware of the bias interest they have [...]

Trends in Consumer Electricity Use: Will the smart meter migrate into homes and building EMS as a subpart?

Next year will be a critical year for metering companies as the trends show a progressive split between the utilities and the energy consumer in home energy management systems (EMS). While the utilities are content to use communicable thermostats as a “control” mechanism in demand response programs, the world of energy management and home automation [...]

Lifestyle Automation

The recently passed stimulus bill has impacted greatly the electricity industry’s business models and notions of consumers as partners in reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint. In the pass the utilities’ actions on Federal and State demand response initiatives have been mixed. Now there is a new drift towards energy reduction as a means [...]

Home Automation in the Utility World: One Company’s Perspective

One of the things that we looked at during our discussions with the utilities in California was the HAN ROI to the homeowner, which had to be extremely short based on the costs savings per year.

The HAN Return On Investment (ROI) would require low cost devices that required little to no support or [...]

Is HAN standards being developed and proposed too

As a HAN developer and manufacturer, we are constantly evaluation standards (OpenAMI, OpenDR, OpenHAN, utilityXML, etc.) and our overall impression is that the trends towards standards are geared and designed to meet utility needs verses customer needs. Maybe it is just our perception. While developers such as us like to think we are current in [...]