CEIVA Energy has won the contract to supply a home energy management system (HEMs) to electricity utility Guelph Hydro Electric Systems, in the company’s first breakthrough deal into the Canadian utility market.

Customers who sign up to for the peaksaverPlus will receive a digital photo frame that connects wirelessly to their smart meter.

Visible energy consumption

Commenting on the incentive programme, Matt Weninger, director of Metering and Conservation at Guelph Hydro, said: “Our goal in launching this new device is to make learning about energy consumption as easy as glancing at photos of children or grandchildren on a display on the kitchen counter.

“By providing clear visibility of the real-time costs associated with using energy, we hope to inspire customers to make changes to drive down their household’s energy consumption and reduce costs.”

The frame displays real-time data about a household’s energy consumption, alongside personal photos that customers can upload to their cloud-based CEIVA Energy account from photo sharing websites or applications.

As an added feature, customers will be able to monitor energy usage information remotely through the CEIVA webpage or smart phone app for iOS and Android devices.

Smart home connections

Guelph Hydro, which has a service area of 52,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers, was one of Ontario’s front runners in deploying smart meters equipped with a ZigBee chip, which allows the units to communicate with devices inside the home. [Read – Internet of Things: Zigbee Alliance certifies 1,000th product for wireless interoperability].

CEIVA will also deploy the digital photo frame as part of a contract signed earlier this month with US utility National Grid to deploy a home energy management system.