44% of U.S. broadband households interested in connected appliances with energy-saving capabilities


A newly announced research by Parks Associates shows that 44% of U.S. broadband households would like to manage and monitor their home appliances in order to save money by reducing their energy consumption.

Manufacturers are developing connected appliances to stay competitive in a mature market, where connectivity can differentiate products and add value through remote monitoring, enhanced functionality, and energy savings.

Home energy management solution providers are developing new systems to help consumers manage and monitor the appliances. OWON TECHNOLOGY has launched AMI compatible and Zigbee-enabled devices, such as Smart Thermostat, In-Home Display and Smart Energy Gateway. The company is launching new products with Wi-Fi connectivity in 2013, including a Smart Thermostat (PCT501-GW) and a Smart Energy Gateway(SEG-X7), which will enable consumers to monitor home appliances by iPhone, iPad or Android phones. That will help increase consumer awareness and strengthen the value proposition of connected appliances.

Including OWON TECHNOLOGY, Manufacturers have expanded the capabilities of smart appliances beyond energy management to include new features that enhance control and convenience. This market expansion is important in growing the market, as 44% of U.S. broadband households are highly interested in connected appliances with a smart energy-saving feature to help reduce carbon emission.