There is certainly no lack of home energy management systems these days, with solutions ranging from simple Web apps tied to utility smart meters to complex, built-in hardware that allows homeowners to do everything from turn down the thermostat to shut the drapes at home using their smartphones. The Zeus Energy Monitoring system concept from Daniel Kim Design seems to fall somewhere in the middle.
The display for this system looks very much like a sleek tablet reader, complete with touchscreen. Using it, homeowners with solar power systems can keep track of how much renewable energy they’ve generated at home, getting a sense for how many hours of sunshine per day the system is averaging, and how that translates into watts. (The “energy generation” screen also displays the temperature in and outside of the house, presumably for households running solar thermal heating.)
In “set up” view, homeowners also have the opportunity to program not just their thermostat, but virtually every appliance in their house, room by room, by electrical outlet. This view offers a clear picture of which appliances are hogging the juice, giving the homeowner the power to turn off these appliances when not in use, and to kill vampire power through the entire house at night, when family members are sleeping.
All of this is designed, of course, to help you whittle down your energy bills, so the display also offers the big-picture info on your usage from month to month, offering helpful little tips and strategies for saving energy, such as “hang laundry to dry” (rather than running that clothes dryer that’s been driving up your electricity bill). When not actively in use, the Zeus Energy Monitor display fits neatly up on the wall, where it displays information at a glance.