While there is a lot of talk about smart homes, few of those high-tech features are actually being incorporated into today’s homes. We are not yet living in the land of “The Jetsons.”But homeowners are moving toward some smart home products, including thermostats they can control with smartphones, automated lighting solutions, keyless entry and security and entertainment options.”Smart home technology is important for some homeowners,” says Nino Sitchinava, principal economist for Houzz, a home design website, which has done several surveys on the use of smart home features. “It’s not something that all homeowners are unambiguously into.”
Ontario’s London Hydro Inc. has become the first utility to complete the Green Button Alliance’s Download My Data (DMD) Testing and Certification process for electricity, natural gas and water usage data.The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard enables home owners and property managers to download their electricity usage data from an energy service provider’s website in an industry-standard XML data format. Customers can use this to view their historical and present energy usage, analyze trends and make informed energy-management choices, enabling them to easily access and efficiently manage their own resource consumption. Certification also increases the market potential for vendor products.
Home automation is still perceived as a budding market despite the fact that solutions have been around for years. And by years, I mean at least 30 years which is when the home automation system in this video from YouTuber Avboden was released.
Once you’ve managed to look past the green and black color scheme, it becomes apparent that this 1985 home automation system from Monaco Enterprises (their website is equally as old) is extremely robust.
Alex Wood is no stranger to technology. Founder and CEO of Zonkey, a website development firm based in Bath, Wood happily brandishes his newly purchased Apple Watch while sitting in the spirited surroundings of his local Brew House pub. But the pleasure is not unalloyed.He clearly loves his watch but he was hoping for so much more – more automated connectivity and interaction with his local environment, more relevant news and deals and, well, a little more than a mini iPad on his wrist.
Studies have shown that customer education how and where customers want it is critical to the success of utilities. Utilities like the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Avista are taking this to heart and offering their residential and small business customers detailed, customer-specific information directly from their utility website in a self-service format, allowing customers to learn about and explore options at their convenience.
The ease of controlling all the home electronics with a iPad or any other hand held device is no longer an impossibility. All thanks to Atlanta Home Theater Systems, their home automation Alpharetta service can turn this desire of many homeowners into hard core reality. For all those who are still under the impression that is not feasible, can visit their website or place them a call to know the truth. However, for many homeowners who have already opted their home theater Alpharetta installation service knows that this claim is not far from being real.
One of the first products to take advantage of Apple’s new HomeKit software for controlling connected devices in the home has begun shipping ahead of the anticipated introduction of the next generation of iPhones.
August Smart Lock, an electronic lock that provides keyless entry into the home, started shipping in limited quantities this week to consumers who placed orders on the company’s website.
The device, which debuted last year at the D: All Things Digital Conference, lets people unlock their doors using a smartphone app (instead of a key).
Advanced Control Systems (ACS) has launched a redesigned and expanded website created to meet the needs of busy utility engineers and executives seeking automation solutions. The new website provides easier user interaction and navigation, faster answers to questions and more detail on the company’s comprehensive suite of smart grid solutions. The website transformation is but one example of initiatives underway at ACS to provide even higher levels of service and increase the awareness of the company’s products and services.
Comverge, Inc., the leading provider of Intelligent Energy Management solutions, announced today that its DirectLink product suite has received a 2014 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award from SmartGrid.TMCnet.com , a TMC and Crossfire Media sponsored technology media website. Designed to make implementing demand response programs with two-way communications significantly more cost effective, the Comverge IntelliTEMP DirectLink smart thermostats and IntelliPEAK DirectLink control switches use IP-based communications to enable a two-way information exchange without the need of a gateway. When used in conjunction with Comverge IntelliSOURCE software, the DirectLink devices enable simultaneous, “always-on” connections with hundreds of thousands of endpoints, thereby increasing the reliability, predictability and availability of demand response resources.
An entrepreneurial family have turned a passion for environmental sustainability and reducing their energy bills into a ‘go-to’ website for energy efficient products, Sust-it.
The Sust-it energy saving website came about after the Lammas’ built an energy efficient home in Gloucestershire, back in 2006. When they completed the build, focus turned to their appliances and electricals, which had been in storage for three years. To their surprise they found a lack of understandable information on the energy usage of electricals in any one place. Only after careful research did they discover the vast difference between appliances energy consumption, sometimes hundreds of pounds worth electricity! They thought there would be lots of people also looking to reduce their energy bills – to help them save money and also reduce CO2 emissions too, the Sust-it website was born.