Why Home Automation Systems are at the Forefront of Energy Savings

Intelligent building efficiency is not just relegated to offices. As energy prices rise and incomes are squeezed, home automation systems will become a more enticing investment as their efficiency improves and costs decline due to innovation and scale. And, consumers will start paying attention: currently the average household pays over $100 a month for electricity according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Half of those costs are to keep the motor and compressors in operation in air conditioners and heaters. So if smarter systems are going to save consumers money, the work must start with the machines that cool us during summer and keep us warm during the frigid winter months.

And if consumers had the ability to control their home’s climate control systems remotely from a smartphone or a web application from a remote location, they could save money without sacrificing convenience and comfort. In my interview earlier this month with Emerson’s VP of Marketing at Emerson Climate Services, he shared with me some of the challenges, future benefits and upcoming trends in the home automation technologies market.

“We’re data hungry–we want it at our fingertips. At the same time, when it comes to our comfort and convenience, we want it easily and quickly with no distractions.” — Geoff Godwin describing the role of data in the development of cutting-edge home automation systems.

Currently less than two percent of homes in the United States have some form of home automation or smart grid system, but Godwin sees huge growth in the next four to five years. Communications protocols such as Zigbee have improved in their sophistication to match the growing complexity of HVAC and water heating systems that consume less energy than ones manufactured just a few years ago.

 

Christie Interactivity Kit and Christie MicroTiles Engage Visitors at Cleveland Museum of Art

Two Digital Display Walls Embrace New Audience and Called a Beautiful Thing to See

Wowza Exec to Share Company's 'TV Anywhere' Concept at 2013 NAB Show

Session to Highlight How Broadcasters Can Recreate the TV Watching Experience by Using Simple Workflows to Deliver Seamless, High-Quality Video to Viewers Using Any Device

Connected cars driving consumer M2M market as number of subscribers to double in 2013-2016

Connected cars are a significant area for consumer-based M2M (machine-to-machine) growth, according to new research from Parks Associates, which projects by 2017, 17.6 million consumers will subscribe to embedded connected vehicle services such as General Motors' OnStar and Chrysler's UConnect Acces

KVMSwitchTech Brings New 8x8, 16x16, 32x32 and 64x64 Multi Video Matrix Switch Products to Market

New multi format Video Matrix Switches with TCP/IP control provide the ultimate video integration and distribution solution.

AIS Announces Industrial Monitor With Fully Integrated Ingress Protection Ratings That Combine High-Performance Widescreen LCD Flat Panel and Multi Touch Projected Capacitive Touch Technology

IP65 Flat Front Surface Design, Ingress Protection Rating Tested to IEC 60529--- Chemically Strengthened Glass and Anti-Glare Treatment--- Budget-Priced Flush Mounted Widescreen LCD Flat Panel With Multi Touch Operation--- Suited for Installation In Machines, Control Cabinets, Consoles and Gantries--- AIS Leads The Projected Capacitive Technology And Multi Touch Screen Evolution--- Enhanced Displays: Clarity, Accuracy And Simplicity--- Enabled Visibility: Faster, Better And Intelligent--- Optimized Visualization For Medical, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Industrial Automation and Process Control Applications

New Flush Mounting Frames For OKW Designer Plastic Enclosures

OKW has extended its unique interface-terminal plastic enclosures range with new accessory kits that allow them to be fitted flush in walls or control panels. It follows increased demand for specialized electronics enclosures for luxury homes, museums, hospitals, government buildings, military installations, factories and laboratories.

North American Cable Equipment, Inc. Announces FIBERTRONIX Patch Panels

Available in single mode and multimode cable designs

Bryston Appoints Independent Sales Rep for Florida

Michael Chafee Enterprises new independent sales rep.

Crimson AV Ships New Residential and Commercial Projector Mounts Designed to Maximize Value And Efficiency While Minimizing Installation Time And Cost

JR, JR2 and JR3 SyncPro™ projector mounts feature best in class designs, features, benefits and value for front, rear and shot-throw projection digital signage solutions

New Screen Innovations Black Diamond Motorized Projection Screen is now Shipping Worldwide

Innovative Motorized Screen Technology is Easy to Install and Delivers Impressive Image Quality While Preserving Existing Room Aesthetics

Screen Innovations Releases a Series of Educational Videos Discussing Current Projection Video Trends, Technologies and Applications From SI, Sony, JVC, Digital Projection and Epson

Manufacturers discuss new products and the unrivaled value and versatility of two-piece projection solutions for Residential and Commercial installations

Calibre UK to launch next-generation FoveaHD standards converter at NAB 2013

Dozens of 'under-the-hood' improvements will cement product's market position as an affordable MEMC converter without equal

Asoka Receives Two US Patents for PLC-based Home Energy Management Service

Asoka's HEMS is Part of its Digital Living Suite of Services

Kramer Introduces the 9-Input VP-'690 Analog, HDMI & 3G HD-SDI ProScale™ Presentation Digital Scaler

The VP-690 supports up to 2K resolution

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