The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we use products and systems at home and work. And by focusing on energy- and water-efficient applications, IoT can also save money and help us reduce our impact on the environment.
Some of these technologies are already on the market. Others are waiting to be developed. Here are a few trends we’re watching.
- Energy-efficient appliances: Higher energy bills and gas prices are driving consumer demand for energy-efficient appliances, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Manufacturers are responding with next-generation products, like this Whirlpool washer that senses how many clothes are inside and adjusts the water level. (It also uses about 75% less energy than conventional washers.) A monitoring system tracks the energy saved per load for both the washer and dryer, so customers can see how much they’ve saved over time. Now that’s motivation
- Smart meters: At the commercial level, some utilities are deploying smart meters that collect and deliver usage data, helping utility providers find target areas for conservation. In the future, residential customers may be able to log into an app to monitor their usage in real-time.
- Shifting to off-peak power hours: Even the U.S. Department of Energy is getting excited about connected technologies, which can lighten the load on the power grid. The DOE recently published tips for using smart appliances. Some appliances can subtly shift your water or energy use to off-peak hours. One example the DOE gives is a refrigerator delaying its defrost cycle until the middle of the night. Even if this approach results in the same amount of energy used, it could still save households money, since some utilities charge lower rates for electricity at night. Now that Tesla has entered the scene with its newly announced Powerwall, expect to see more of this trend.
- Smart heating systems: Smart heating systems are also growing in popularity. Zone heating can let you precisely control the temperature in every room of your house, so you can heat only the areas you’re spending time in. This saves you from heating unoccupied areas and can dramatically slash your power bill. Meanwhile, smart thermostats can let you control heating from your laptop or smartphone, so you can dial it down while you’re away from home.
Systems powered by the DADO platform can revolutionize heating and cooling for both consumers and commercial property managers. Consumers can either program room settings according to their schedules or allow their presence to trigger the system for a more ambient experience. Commercial property managers can see the status of all heating and cooling equipment from a centralized location, set universal rules for facilities management, and optimize energy use during high and low peak periods.
Learn more about the DADO platform at www.dadolabs.com, and check back often to watch as we help launch new technologies!