[#SmartGrid #スマートグリッド] Silverpac社のスマートサーモスタット:7インチのスクリーン+スマートメータとの連携:一台$1300

さらに家庭内の家電品を制御するためには、それぞれの家電品がZWave(無線プロトコル)をサポートしている必要がある。  視覚的に非常に魅力的な製品ではあるが、やっぱり一般家庭に入るまでは時間がかかりそうである。

Silverpac Brings Energy Data to Touch-Screen Thermostats, Remote Controls

by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 01.13.10
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

thermostat meter image
Image via Silverpac

Using the thermostat as a home’s energy meter is gaining popularity. It’s a quick way to add another useful function to an existing system. Ecobee is one such example, but the latest contender is Silverpac’s rather massive 7-inch touch-screen thermostat.

The thermostat – the SilverSTAT 7 – is a “Smart Energy Thermostat” that gives advanced control over a home’s HVAC system with energy monitoring tools linking you up to your smart meter, which means it can provide energy bill expense projections so you know when to cut back. It is Z-Wave enabled so it will be able to talk to and interact with other Z-Wave enabled lights and appliances, programming and shutting them off as needed.

silverpac thermostat image
Image via Silverpac

But, do we really need a 7″ touch-screen display to do that? Seems like the device itself is rather excessive. Additionally, companies devising smart energy management devices are finding that the product needs to go in places where people will want to, and remember to access the data. The thermostat isn’t one of those places people think to look very often. So this device may not end up doing much more than being a really big, fancy-looking programmable thermostat.

If that’s the case, then it’s far, far, far greener to just keep your current thermostat and not buy one that has so much embodied energy that it would take a long time to realize actual energy savings, despite how it might get you to cut back on energy consumption.

WATCH VIDEO: Tech: Smart Grids Make Fridges Smarter

Another place Silverpac is putting energy efficiency is in the remote control. With this specialized remote, you’re able to access news and social networking sites – meaning you can shut off your laptop much of the time and use a much lower-energy tool for surfing – and it can automate your home’s lighting and HVAC system so you can shut off any extra energy-suckers from any room. The device is anything but cheap, though, with a (ridiculous?) retail price of $1,300. You get a $500 rebate if you participate in their beta test program. It’ll start shipping in February 2010.

Via Gizmodo

Posted via email from Ippei’s @CloudNewsCenter info database

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: