New device for advanced home energy control


Winchester, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — January 25, 2008 – A new home energy controller (HEC) has been introduced by PRI and is being trialled by EDF Energy and other partners as part of the jointly U.K. government funded Energy Demand Reduction Project.

The device features a clear, easy-to-use color touch screen graphical user interface, giving the customer details on their gas and electricity consumption, tariffs, payment options, etc. It also functions as an advanced hot water and heating controller and when integrated into the home heating system provides direct correlation/control of central heating energy cost – a major energy demand in U.K. homes.

In addition to the customer interface panel (CIP) display, the system includes a communication hub, which connects to the meter via a RS232 port, and smart-enabled electricity/gas meters. The unit features a GSM engine for communication to the energy supplier and a ZigBee unit for interaction with other domestic radio-enabled devices, such as thermostats and lighting security products.

“There is a need for a new approach to domestic heating and home energy control and the HEC is a significant development in this process,” says PRI’s sales director Richard St Clair.

U.K.-based PRI provides “intelligent” products, systems and services for energy and utility revenue management worldwide.