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Energy efficiency of consumer electronics creates some unique challenges. Many traditional efficiency program approaches are not easily transferable to electronics due to the rapidly changing technology, the shrinking energy consumption between efficiency and inefficient options, consumers not recognizing efficiency as a priority, and a relatively small annual financial savings per efficient product as compared to the purchase price. Recognizing the need for a solution, NEEP worked with its allies to develop the Regional Business and Consumer Electronics Strategy Report (BCE Report) which presents paths forward and a robust set of tactics that address the challenges specific to capturing the significant energy savings from consumer electronics that exist. One of the major opportunities to emerge from this report are Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS), which has become a priority for NEEP and our stakeholders.
The Path Forward
In accordance with the BCE Report, NEEP leads a working group that bring together leaders from efficiency programs and manufacturers to focus on HEMS. HEMS presents consumers with the opportunity to manage a myriad of systems in their homes including electronics, lighting, smart appliances and thermostats/HVAC. The energy savings potential from home management is significant and NEEP is working in partnership with the Home Performance Coalition to align this burgeoning technology with energy efficiency goals to capture the potential of these devices.
Energy Efficiency Program Administrators pursue incentive programs that encourage the adoption of smart product devices at a discounted price that provide energy savings. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic efficiency programs seek to provide incentives to increase the rate of home energy management services. NEEP is working to help increase HEMS adoption and establish common understanding between program administrators and HEMS vendors. As the connected home could become a large part of consumers’ lives, it is important that Program Administrators collaborate with the industry to help to fully understand these trends and integrate them into program design.
As part of the HEMS Research Report, NEEP reviewed and updated inventories of HEMS technology from existing resources including a comprehensive list as part of the PG&E HEMS Market Charaterization, while expanding the inventory lists and providing costs and potential linkages where appropriate. The inventory chart below is the technology assessment from the NEEP HEMS Research Report with additions from web-scraping and a 2016-2017 PG&E HEMS Report. DISCLAIMER: NEEP does not take responsibility for the products listed here or for the accuracy of the information presented.