GE Puts Energy Management Tools To Test

GE recently debuted a mix of home energy management tools which it thinks will revolutionize this particular developing consumer market. It is now getting a chance to put this to the test, partnering with an array of major utilities, builders and local communities in the western U.S. to test out its Nucleus home energy management solution.

GE said specifically it is working as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America team, Building Industry Research Alliance (BIRA). This team was one of 15 teams selected to receive funding from the DOE through its Building Technologies Program. GE and its partners are testing new energy efficiency and clean power measures both in newly constructed and existing homes. The target goal here is said to be to reduce energy usage by up to 70 percent or more, which, given that the average U.S. household pays $1,240 per year in electricity costs, could help consumers save more than $850 per year.

GE Nucleus

image via GE

The GE team will integrate a package of roof top solar panels and smart grid-enabled energy-efficient appliance and lighting products with its Nucleus Home Energy Manager and demonstrate it in several test houses located in various cities throughout the western U.S., including Phoenix, Arizona; Sacramento, California, and San Diego, California. This solution delivers real-time energy usage consumption data to PCs and smart phone applications, letting one track and make decisions about how and when they use energy. In addition to tracking energy improvements within individual test houses, said GE, an assessment of these solutions also will be done on a neighborhood scale.

“With deep customer connections in the utility and building industries and a broad portfolio of energy-efficient products in the home today,” said Charles Korman, GE Manager of Solar Energy programs and a project leader on what is being called the Energy-Efficient Housing Partnership Initiative, “GE is uniquely positioned to provide new solutions and products that set new standards in American home efficiency. In doing so, we can dramatically reduce our nation’s carbon footprint and save homeowners hundreds of dollars more on their local utility bill every year.”

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1 Comment

  • Reply August 31, 2010

    Energy monitor

    I think that this is interested because in my mind the only way to save 70% would be to redesign a lower energy using refrigerator and washing machine, both of which GE could profit from.

    The picture reminds me of the free software you can get from google, google powermeter

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