Utility unveils campaign to accelerate rollout of smart neighbourhoods

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Alabama Power has unveiled its smart neighbourhood builder programme to encourage consumer energy efficiency adoption.

The programme is the utility’s first on smart neighbourhoods and includes partnerships with a number of technology companies.

Alabama Power is partnering with homebuilders, Google, Vivint Smart Home, and Nest to deploy the programme.

Holland Homes and Harris Doyle Homes will develop smart homes in Auburn, and Curtis White Companies in Leeds. Construction on the three communities will start in 2019.

Consumer homes will be equipped with smart technologies including Google Home voice activated speakers, locks, lights, cameras, garage door control and Nest smart thermostats.

Holland Homes will construct 51 smart homes, Harris Doyle Homes will develop a 55-home Smart Neighborhood and Curtis White Companies’ Cedar Rock Farms neighborhood will feature 21 smart homes.

The aim is to make consumer lives smart and simple by helping them save energy through real-time control and informed decisions.

Consumers will also be equipped with improved insulation, high-efficiency heat pump and water heater and Energy Star appliances.

“We continuously strive to provide innovative energy solutions to improve the quality of life for our customers,” said Greg Barker, Alabama Power executive vice president for customer services. “With Smart Neighbourhood Homebuilder, we expect to see the future of homebuilding become a reality in our state through industry-leading partnerships and the programme’s growth.”

Daniel Holland, Holland Homes president, added: “We believe this Smart Neighborhood is truly on the cutting-edge of what can be done to incorporate the combination of the latest technologies with how we live our lives today into your home.”