Free smart home energy software

Free Smart Home Energy Software

According to GreenWise, the UK’s largest independent domestic energy company First Utility said on the 19th June 2012 that it was rolling out new smart grid software to all its customers to help them reduce their energy bills.

The unique new home energy management service, called my:energy, will help customers alter unsustainable domestic energy usage by enabling them to compare their energy usage against that of their neighbours.

What is a "Smart Home"?

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Definition:
A smart home, or smart house, is a home that incorporates advanced automation systems to provide the inhabitants with sophisticated monitoring and control over the building's functions. For example a smart home may control lighting, temperature, multi-media, security, window and door operations, as well as many other functions.

In 2003 the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) came up with the following definition for a smart home:

AlertMe team up with British Gas

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AlertMe, the Smart Home technology company, announced on the 22 May 2012 that it has secured the contract to provide a Personalised Energy Efficiency Advice Service to British Gas customers in the UK who have new smart meters. The free service is being trialled with up to 10,000 homes during the summer and rolled out widely from the autumn.

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Solar photovoltaics ROI now up to 12.5%

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People seem to have been put off solar PV by all the media hype about the reductions to the feed-in tariffs, but the irony is that, despite the fiasco, returns are now just as good (if not better!) than they were at this time last year.

The four major solar trade associations have today come together for the first time to try and counteract the negative press and explain the current opportunities, which are significant. Where else can you get 12% return on your money, TAX free with the added benefit of saving CO2?

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Home fuel cells to be sold in the UK from 2014

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IE-CHP based in Scotland will start sales of household and commercial use fuel cells in the UK and Ireland from 2014. The company is a joint venture between the fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy, the UK energy major SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) and a Scottish government organization. It will progressively introduce a 1 kW unit for home use and a 10 kW unit for commercial use.

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