Samsung SmartThings points out that as more of people connect more things to the power grid, energy demand keeps going up.
To deal with this, utility providers may have to generate that additional electricity using older or more carbon-intensive methods. Or they will sometimes charge more for energy during these “peak” demand periods to encourage people to reduce their energy. This is often called “Demand Response,” the company explains.
This is where SmartThings Energy comes in, the global company boasts. As a first-of-its-kind ENERGY STAR-certified Smart Home Energy Management System (SHEMS), the service is designed to allow users to reduce demand on the grid during peak and emergency situations, lower your energy costs, and manage and automate the energy use of any compatible smart devices within your home.
Samsung points out that SmartThings Energy works through interoperability with SmartThings-enabled Samsung appliances, along with a growing number of Works With SmartThings devices to enable users to measure and manage their energy consumption through the SmartThings app. According to Samsung, to take this initiative to the next level, it has partnered with utility providers and grid-service programs to help users manage their energy costs, earn rewards, and help reduce energy demand across the grid.
SmartThings Energy Helps to Reduce Energy Consumption
Citing an example such as if someone is a New York or California resident, he or she can activate SmartThings Energy in the SmartThings app by entering their zip code to see if they are eligible to participate in the company’s demand response programs with Logical Buildings and Enersponse. By participating, Samsung stresses users will receive cash payments, save on their utility bills, and reduce the carbon footprint of their connected home devices.
Additionally, these homeowners will also provide measurable support to their communities via demand response services such as load shedding during peak demand to help to reduce the need for carbon-intensive peak energy generation.
Once registered in the SmartThings Energy program homeowners will be notified in real-time when they are using energy during peak hours to allow them to take action to reduce their energy consumption immediately.