The emergence of new technologies that make the assessment and measurement of the energy use of homes and buildings easier has the potential to be a game-changer for residential energy efficiency.
It is difficult to manage and understand energy use when a household’s total energy consumption is presented as a single number in a monthly bill. However, smart grid technologies including mobile and in-home communication devices can now provide customers with nearly immediate feedback on energy use, helping make energy consumption visible and manageable, and providing additional opportunities for utility programs to incentivize customer energy use.
As home automation systems increase in popular, they enable an increase in comfort, energy savings through intelligent energy management, and enhanced home security. The current Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) market was valued at $1.5 billion in 2013, and includes utility residential demand response (DR), connected home subscriptions, software services and associated hardware. The top two leading home automation companies combined already have over 2 million customers, demonstrating the HEMS market’s remarkable potential. New companies have entered the arena, hungry for the next set of opportunities revolving around software and bundled service solutions, and the market has expanded in its scope of offerings.
Combining energy monitoring and management with an area network and home control will surely increase efficiencies. North America is expected to be the prime market for Home Energy Management Systems in terms of revenue contribution.
The Duke Smart Home Program is a research-based approach to sustainable living sponsored by the Pratt School of Engineering. Primarily focused on undergraduates, the program encourages stu- dents from different academic disciplines to form teams and explore smart ways to use technology in the home.
The goal of the Duke Smart Home Program is to offer research and educational experiences that emphasize energy-efficient, sustain- able and ‘smarter’ living. Smarter living is defined as using tech- nology for automation in a way that encourages behavior we want and need to achieve our values of energy-efficient, sustainable living. The program operates and manages The Home Depot Smart Home—a 6,000-square-foot dorm that serves as a “live-in labora- tory” for 10 students each semester—as an evolving resource purposefully used to inform our ideas about better living. In addition, the program provides a budget, oversight and mentoring guidance for the student-run Smart Home Club.
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. CABA’s mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives. The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 300 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members. The organization was originally founded in 1988 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013.
The Green Button Alliance (GBA) is a non-profit corporation formed to foster the development, compliance, and wide-spread adoption of the Green Button standard. The Green Button Alliance advances the Green Button initiative: a White House-inspired challenge to the electric utility industry to give consumers access to their energy usage information in a downloadable, standardized format. The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) and Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) standards are based on the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) standard.
Founded in 1996, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is a non-profit regional energy efficiency organization. NEEP’s mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education. Our vision is that the region will fully embrace energy efficiency as a cornerstone of sustainable energy policy to help achieve a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system. Through advocacy, collaboration and education, our unique approach helps bring together stakeholders to accelerate energy efficiency and highlight its impacts on the region, the economy, and the planet.
Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate DR signals with each other and with their customers using a common language over any existing IP-based communications network, such as the Internet. As the most comprehensive standard for Automated Demand Response, OpenADR has achieved widespread support throughout the industry.
The OpenADR Alliance was formed by industry stakeholders to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) Smart Grid standard utilizing existing standards from OASIS, UCA and NAESB.
Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. The company’s expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.
Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers.
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Formed in 2009, the USNAP Alliance is responsible for promotion, marketing, and testing and certification for the CEA-2045 Modular Communication Interface (MCI). The MCI allows a wide range of products (from simple on-off devices to distributed generation and storage resources) to communicate with other systems in the home, and with Utility Smart Grid systems. Rather than developing multiple product designs for specific communications architectures, incorporating an MCI into the design allows for hot-swappable modules to handle establishing and mediating communications between the product and other systems. Modules are available for a wide variety of network architectures, and more are in development.
The ZigBee Alliance offers the open, global wireless standards that enable everyday objects to work together and help you control your world. ZigBee standards are the leading standards for monitoring and control used in consumer, commercial and industrial markets around the world. The Alliance is an open, non-profit ecosystem of approximately 400 organizations developing and promoting standards defining the Internet of Things for use in homes and businesses.
ZigBee: Control Your World