Published on October 2nd, 2019 | by The GC Team0
“World’s first” home energy control service launched by Samsung and Bulb
Samsung and Bulb, a company which claims to make energy ‘simpler, cleaner and greener’, today announced a new tool to help people understand their energy usage and use the information to make smarter, greener decisions at home.
‘SmartThings Energy Control’, a service that runs within the Samsung SmartThings app, helps consumers with smart meters monitor their energy use in (almost) real time from the convenience of their smartphone or tablet.
The two companies said the tool represents an important step forward in the way people connect energy usage information and their carbon impact with practical, everyday actions such as switching on the washing machine.
The app provides the facility to see detailed, up-to-the-minute information about energy usage and allows the sharing of data with everyone in the household.
Teg Dosanjh, Director of Connected Living, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, commented: “We know that up to 40% of UK carbon emissions are created in the home. While smart meters help increase awareness of energy usage, digital technology can help to create the behaviour changes required to really make a difference to people’s pockets and their carbon footprint.
“This innovation takes us into a new era of smart when it comes to energy management. It’s about enabling access to that data in a way that feels natural to people so households are more empowered to make informed decisions about how to reduce and when to use their energy.”
“With millions of SmartThings enabled devices already in homes across the UK, and hundreds of compatible partners, SmartThings Energy Control is a natural next step for people looking for opportunities to make meaningful changes to how they use energy at home,” said Hayden Wood, CEO of Bulb.
“From making sure the lights are out when leaving home to scheduling the washing machine to run cooler with the Laundry Planner, the app makes it easy and more convenient to make a change for the better by adding control to all connected at-home appliances and tools.
“By working together, the whole household can reduce their overall cost and carbon impact without compromising bill-payer privacy or control.”
SmartThings Energy Control is available to current members of Bulb with a second-generation smart meter installed. Bulb said today that it also welcomes new members who would like to sign up for affordable, renewable energy.