GE Tools Make Dumb Appliances Smart for Energy Management
Posted March 21, 2012
SOURCE: General Electric (GE)
For all the talk about the energy-saving promise of smart meters, which allow two-way energy data communication between ratepayers and their utility providers, it’s still just mostly potential. In hopes of getting more consumers engaged in tracking and managing their home energy use, GE this week announced a raft of new products, launched under GE’s Brillion home-energy-management-system brand.
The new products build on a device called the Nucleus, a home energy management device. When GE launched the Nucleus in mid-2010, it anticipated that consumers would use the device to collect, save and relay cost and energy-use data from their smart meters to the Internet. (The Nucleus does this communication via a set of ZigBee and WiFi radios.)
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