Smart Appliances

The electrical appliances in your home are all powered from the electricity grid. In future, electrical appliances and equipment will incorporate technology to work with the grid to lower consumption and minimise the number of outages.

Some features of Smart Appliances are as follows::

  • Respond automatically to adjust electricity use depending on price or carbon intensity. This information is likely to be available from the utility companies or third party service providers. This is often known as Demand Response.
  • Detect and respond with a drop in demand when the grid is under stress. Inside the Smart Appliance there is a special monitoring circuit that can detect when the grid is under stress from temporary overload. In response the appliance will briefly reduce its energy draw for a short time, and allow the grid to recover. To the consumer this can be imperceptible.
  • Networkable appliances. Appliances will have the ability to communicate electronically with energy management systems. This communication is either wireless, for example with Zigbee, or by signals that travel on the power connection and this is called power line carrier communication. This will enable the consumer use a home area network or energy management controller to manage appliance use to deliver consumer convenience and energy savings.

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