Powering Up Energy Management Tools for Consumers: What Do You Think?
Today at Cisco Live! we announced an exciting new technology that will securely and reliably provide consumers both insight into, and easier control over, their energy use, ultimately saving them money and lowering their carbon emissions.
The Cisco Home Energy Controller (HEC) is a countertop display that communicates with other intelligent home devices to optimize in-home energy management. Through the HEC’s LCD touch screen, the user has insight and control over peripheral devices such as thermostats, intelligent sockets and, ultimately, smart appliances like refrigerators and water heaters.
I’m particularly excited about this for two reasons. For Cisco, the HEC is a core solution in our Cisco Connected Grid portfolio and will play a key role in our end-to-end architecture for the smart grid.
For consumers, it gives us visibility into how our energy use around the house affects our utility bill, and the ability to make more informed choices about when to use energy based on real time, historical and individual appliance consumption.
Clearly, the potential is enormous. At Cisco, we believe this is the beginning of a whole new phase of using the network as the platform to help integrate information and digital technology to manage energy use on a large scale.
We believe people are ready – and even hungry for this.
Recent research from Parks Associates* indicates that of those surveyed:
- More than half of all households are very interested in products and utility programs that reduce electric bills.
- Two-thirds are interested in an in-home usage monitor.
- Energy-efficient products are very important.
I’d enjoy hearing what you think! Do you want a home energy controller? Do you think it will make a difference in your energy consumption? Do you think people will use these on an ongoing basis, even once the novelty wears off?
I look forward to hearing from you!
*Parks Assoc: Residential Energy Management Webcast, Feb. 25, 2010