Wednesday, we started looking at the growing world of Smart Grid. Altia clearly has an interest in seeing user interfaces built into home automation platforms. A few more discussion points related to energy savings and resource management.
What if you had visibility into what each circuit in your house was using? What is the twenty year old refrigerator in the garage using, how much does it cost to run the least-efficient 90 minute dishwasher cycle or how much are we spending to run that pool pump? Can your usage be optimized — should the fridge or pump be replaced?
To prevent excess, some electric companies have established a kWh luxury tax. Many of the utilities have set the thresholds at levels efficiently run households can achieve or the consumer pays a heavy luxury tax per kWh.
The other critical resource is water. How many gallons were used between 7 and 8:30 today as the kids got ready for school? If we cut usage by 10%, we also just cut our bill to heat the water.
Energy and water conservation will no longer be optional.
What do you think? Would you use a smart grid panel in your home? Do you currently have any ‘home automation’ installed? Leave comments below, we’d love to hear your thoughts.