The electronic housekeeper


By Frans Merrild

The Electronic Housekeeper is an affordable wireless environmental console that makes buildings smart, while saving energy and money and cutting CO2 emissions. The Electronic Housekeeper unites the utility’s interest in grid management with the end user’s desire to save money and live a greener lifestyle.

The patent pending technology of Electronic Housekeeper enables savings of 25% on electricity, 40% on water and 15% on heat (for private homes this is a saving of approximately US$500 annually). The value to the utility of grid management varies; for private homes it is around US$100-200 annually.

The system is affordable – a starter kit is priced like a mobile phone, around US$200 up front and US$20 monthly. Payback for residential customers is typically from 6 to 18 months and for offices 3 to 9 months.

The Electronic Housekeeper’s control features are intuitive, flexible and fun to use. Among those available are music, TV, MMS, internet calls and the weather forecast. These features are provided based on surveys in the US and Europe, and are adjusted according to different segments. The Electronic Housekeeper’s technology bridges existing systems and open wireless standards like Z-wave and ZigBee. Each console can manage up to 200 separate devices, and consoles can be linked to scale to any size.

The Electronic Housekeeper communicates with our partners and data is accessible via the touch screen, the internet or a cell phone. The Electronic Housekeeper is in line with the Saving Trust of Denmark’s open standard for smart homes.

Surveys show that the features and the price point attracts one-third of all households, equivalent to approximately 100 million households and 500,000 offices in Europe, US and Asia. 72% want demand response programmes, 52% want an in-home energy information system and 45% want to monitor and control usage (Pike Research, US). The interest for the Housekeeper service packages varies between 45-84%, and what is appealing is combining more services in one device. The monthly subscription also can be included in the internet or phone subscription or in the energy bill (Aalund Business Research, Europe).

The Electronic Housekeeper is available via third parties through strategic partnerships. We are negotiating with several telcos, utilities and construction companies in Europe, US, Middle East and China. In terms of strategic partnerships, we are in dialogue with electronics manufactures like Schneider Electric and smart meter makers like Kamstrup.

The Electronic Houskeeper is offered to utilities on a no cure, no pay basis. Basically, the utility gets the Housekeeper for free as an energy display, and it installs it when installing new meters. The end users are then able to test the Housekeeper for 3 months free of charge, and thereafter only the basic services are available for free. If the utility would like to use the end-users actively in their grid management for, e.g. flexible consumption or to control electricity demand, this is priced separately.