Samsung SmartThings expands its SmartThings Energy service

Samsung has announced an expansion of its Samsung SmartThings Energy service, first launched in the US in July 2021, to include several new features designed to help consumers save on their energy bills.

At launch, SmartThings Energy allowed users to monitor and manage the energy use of Samsung’s own appliances and air conditioners (2022 models). This expansion involves partnerships with three third-party manufacturers: Copper laboratories, a producer of whole-home energy monitoring devices; Eyedro, a company that manufactures device-level power monitors; and Wattbuy, which operates a platform to save money by finding the least expensive electric company in your area and / or connecting you with local solar panel providers.

Eyedro’s EyeFi-2, which is currently priced at $ 149, is a whole-home energy monitoring system that you would install on your electrical panel, similar to the Sense Energy Monitor we reviewed earlier this year. Like that product, Eyedro’s systems can report power consumption at the device level, and it will report power output as well. In addition to the SmartThings integration, it can also be used with smart speakers powered by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Provide the WattBuy platform with your home address and it will connect you to electrical services authorized by your local utility commission, so you can compare costs (assuming there is more than one). The service will display the rate for each service per kilowatt hour and report the average monthly home usage and average monthly bill. The service will also report information available in the public registry, including the square footage of the home, the year of construction, and the type of heating system it has. WattBuy will also connect you with local businesses that can provide you with solar energy systems.

Copper Labs does not sell products or services directly to consumers. Instead, it provides utilities with technology that can track its customers’ energy consumption in real time, so that the utility can provide those customers with useful information in an effort to manage peak demand and improve. energy efficiency. Consumers can also monitor their entire home’s electricity consumption in real time in the SmartThings app, and can set up automations to reduce their energy consumption to lower their electric bill, including reacting to demand response events. Copper’s service works with and without smart electric meters.

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