Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has developed a home energy app being trialled by energy retailers in Perth and Queensland for remote electricity monitoring and DR programmes.
Dubbed ‘Eddy’, the new home energy app utilises ‘cloud-based software and mini smart meters to monitor power usage, and switch on and off major [household] appliances.’
Smart energy management
Eddy assists households to track and maintain control over electricity through the collection and analysis of data. This information is then used to make recommendations to reduce energy and save money.
The smart home energy app is capable of switching controlled circuits or appliances on and off – to respond to personalised ‘set and forget’ settings, says PV magazine.
Development and commercial partner, HabiDapt, said that despite Eddy’s sophisticated software platform, the technology itself is fairly simple, using the Internet of Things to manage customers’ energy – freeing the individual to spend time on things that matter.
Says CSIRO research leader, Glenn Platt: “The tool really highlights how easy it is for people to make big savings on their energy bills without impacting on their lifestyle.”
Eddy has been compared with Nest’s Learning Thermostat in that it makes energy simple for efficiency-driven consumers.
The Nest Learning Thermostat has an auto-scheduling feature, automatically adjusting the home’s temperature based on the homeowner’s lifestyle patterns.
‘Eddy’ trials in Queensland and Perth
The home energy app is scheduled to undergo a test-run with Queensland energy retailer Ergon Energy. Ergon will use ‘Eddy’ to initialise demand management programmes afforded to customers, in a bid to reduce pressure on the grid, during peak periods.
Platt added: “With the option of taking part in demand management schemes, the system can also reward households for using less electricity during peak energy periods.”
In Perth, HabiDapt is conducting trials in homes with solar PV systems, as well as deploying home energy app with Ergon Energy in Townsville, Queensland – where it is being named and offered as ‘HomeSmart’.
HabiDapt CEO, Stephen Kubicki concluded by saying: “By viewing when their home is exporting excess energy to the grid, households with solar PV systems can save additional money by programming their system to run certain appliances when the sun is shining.”