Eddy steps up for home energy help
CSIRO has launched a project to let consumers monitor their electricity consumption on smartphones and tablets.
The new technology, known as Eddy, will allow households to save energy and money by controlling high-drain devices remotely using an online interface.
Eddy is being trialled in Perth and Townsville households, with a full roll-out coming soon.
“The technology is designed to work in any Australian household, we basically change out a circuit breaker...and replace it with another in the same spot that can communicate how much electricity is going through it and allow remote control,” research leader Glenn Platt told the ABC.
“It provides personalised recommendations, for example if you're using a lot of energy at one in the morning, maybe there is a problem with an appliance.
“It allows people to remotely control appliances in their house, they could be at work and turn on the air conditioner or turn off the oven if they have forgotten to do that.”
Eddy sends consumers personalised insights and recommendations about their electricity use, and allows them to take part in demand management schemes with incentivised pricing for additional savings.
The system uses internet-connected mini smart meters and cloud-based technology to remotely control air conditioners, hot water systems, pool pumps and other appliances.
“With the option of taking part in demand management schemes, the system can also reward households for using less electricity during peak energy periods,” Mr Platt said.
“It's important to realise that Eddy doesn't just benefit the homeowner it can also provide benefits to the electricity system.”
CSIRO has enlisted Australian company HabiDapt to help commercialise the Eddy system.
The system is featured in the following video.