In an era of energy independence and increased global warming, using electricity smartly is as important as using it sparsely.
Transforming the ever increasing monthly electricity bill into richer energy information is a daunting task for smart-grid companies. In the DistribuTech Utility-Industry Conference, held earlier this month, many advanced home energy management systems were launched in the market. Schneider introduced its Wiser product set, inclusive of a wireless thermostat and a display; and Intel announced that Capgemini will use Intel’s Home Energy Dashboard in its utility consulting practice. Energate introduced a Smart Thermostat that connects to a display and other appliances on a home network, thus making it easy to control even from a laptop.