Direct Energy, Whirlpool Corporation, Best Buy, Lennox International and OpenPeak unveiling a prototype of the Home Energy Manager (HEM) at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The result of an unprecedented, cross-industry collaboration - and the world's first truly consumer-friendly, end-to-end, coordinated home energy-management solution, the HEM runs on OpenPeak's OpenFrame device, a compact, touch-screen communications center. Future plans for the prototype include a 12-month pilot in consumers' homes in Houston later this year. The objective of the pilot is to learn how the HEM impacts consumer behavior in the real world, how much money each household using the HEM saves on its utility bills, and how the solution can be improved before it goes to market.
Developed with consumers at all income levels in mind, the HEM will demystify energy management, enable consumers to easily control their home energy use and costs, and receive the necessary information to change consumption behavior in a long-term and meaningful way.
The HEM is also designed to serve as an information and entertainment center in the home, providing access to news, weather, health, social networking, music and movie applications. In addition, there will be an online application store where consumers can build on the platform by downloading other applications that interest them.
According to preliminary data, the HEM prototype could save consumers up to 25 percent per month on their energy bill. Sounds great, where can I sign up? Photo via Open Peek.
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