Recent development of “smart” appliances and other devices that connect to the Internet has created a new challenge.
As homes are becoming increasingly digital, with more than 2 billion of global citizens hooked into the Internet, energy consumption is increasing. Now come smart appliances that hook into the Internet or are otherwise linked to a network, with as many as 100 billion expected in homes worldwide by 2020.
For instance, in the United States, more than 160 million television set-top boxes were consuming energy constantly in 2010. In that one year, their standby consumption was the equivalent of the output of the largest nuclear power plant in the United States and cost their owners a total of USD 2 billion.
Already, the average home in the United States has four network-connected products, which is expected to quintuple by 2015. As more and different appliances are networked, current low-consumption machines will revert to high standby consumption.
Consumption related to information communication technology (ICT) is already more than 5 percent of global electricity consumption – 10 percent in the European Union. This may be three times by 2030, when the number of network-connected products tops 100 billion and system bandwidths and the volume of data expand rapidly.
More and more products are network-connected and numbers of net-enabled services are rapidly increasing, creating yet another energy challenge. In 2010, management facilities, which include server farms, used as much as 1.5% of electricity worldwide. A number of large technology companies, including Facebook and Google, had extensively re-engineered their software and cooling systems to cut their electricity use and use renewable energy for part of their power needs.
With this in mind - in our home today we are fitting an energy management system that helps address heating costs within the home. The full system will ''talk'' to the house and the prevailing outside weather and work out when it needs to turn the heat on and off to maintain the desired temperature at the desired time. It also cleverly will manage our renewable energy and if not all being used will divert surplus power to heaters or the water tank. If this is of interest to you tap here - Caplor energy to learn more or leave a comment on this post and I will let you know how ours performs in the next few weeks.