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One way to reduce your utility bill is to take total control of the energy use in your house but how do we do that. There's a lot going on during the day. Well now you actually can take control of your energy use even when you're not at home. With more on this from Brentwood, Tennessee here's Laura LaNata.
Laura LaNata (Correspondent): You're making changes to your home, changes that are designed to save energy and reduce your electric bill but what about managing your use of electricity. Mike Calise from Schneider Electric met with us at a home in Nashville, Tennessee to introduce us to some energy management concepts and a home energy management system that will empower homeowners to live green.
So Mike, what is the basic concept of home energy management systems and how it benefits the home owner?
Mike Calise (Schneider Electric): Well, it all starts with getting an understanding of what you're using energy on a monthly basis. Many people don't understand what they're using. Utility bills are often difficult to decipher. That's a first step. Beyond that, being able to automate and control to make certain smart energy decisions within your home can help you save money.
Laura LaNata: So, what are some simple things that a home owner can do to make their home more energy efficient?
Mike Calise: Just making energy efficient decisions in your appliances. When you shop for appliances you should always look for those that have a favorable energy star rating.
Laura LaNata: So, the idea is to be able to control our home's electrical system at any time at any place. The owners of this home have actually installed the wiser system which allows them to control their energy. Tell me more about this system.
Mike Calise: The Schneider Electric Wiser Home Management System has three predominant benefits. The first is energy awareness. You have to understand what energy you're using on a monthly basis as a start. After that it's all about automation and remote control. You can automate your appliances and your loads to fit your green lifestyle and you can actually use the remote application to control lighting and air conditioning. After that it's about tailoring and making smart energy choices. As an example, you have to check with your local utility but there may be certain programs in order for you to save money by using appliances at certain times. So with the Wiser Home Management System you can tailor the use of those appliances and loads to maximize cost savings and maximize energy efficiency.
Laura LaNata: So, what does it look like?
Mike Calise: I'd love to show you. Shall we. This is the Wiser smart thermostat and this can actually act as an automated control point so that you can take a look at all of your energy needs, you can monitor and control the various points within your system. This is a snapshot of the energy use that this home is using right at this moment. And notice it's in dollars per hour versus kilowatts per hour where people don't really understand what that means in their pocket. So right now we're using 28 cents per hour. This is the in home display. It provides for total system control. It has the same functionality as our smart thermostat but you can take it around with you. You can put it at tableside or bedside. It allows you to control the Wider system from virtually anywhere in the home.
Laura LaNata: So, this is the Wiser mobile app?
Mike Calise: Yes, this allows you to monitor and control the system from virtually anywhere. What ties this altogether is the Wiser web portal which is really the main control center where you can set energy budgets, you can set savings goals and track all your energy progress, and if we look through here you can see our overall energy usage within a month or a year. And this is a great way to interactive, bring your family involved, and get the most out of your energy.
Laura LaNata: Speaking of electricity, electric cars are more common, so how do you charge those?
Mike Calise: Let me show you.
Laura LaNata: So this is an electric vehicle charger.
Mike Calise: It's an indoor charging station so it's ideal for residential and small, medium business applications where you have an indoor location to charge. Classified as a Level 2 charging station, this is a full 30 amp charger and it uses the power equivalent to an electric clothes dryer.
Laura LaNata: So does the EV Link work with all kinds of cars?
Mike Calise: Oh definitely. There's a standard in the industry that's called the J plug or J1772 so all new EVs come with this so it makes it very easy for all the EVs to charge with this plug. So as an example, the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus electric, the Toyota Prius plug-in and RAV4 and even the new BMW Active E, and I series cars. For Tesla owners they need a separate adapter but it still works. So it's good to check your favorite brands website or go visit the dealer as almost all automotive manufacturers will be introducing brand new lines of EVs in the next coming years.
Laura LaNata: So is it easy enough to where even I can do it?
Mike Calise: It's really simple to plug in. Let me show you.
Laura LaNata: That was easy.
Mike Calise: Done. The light goes on. You now know you're charging. Because of the voltage associated with Level 2 you absolutely require a licensed electrician to do the installation.
Laura LaNata: So, how does the EVLink work with the Wiser Home Energy Management System?
Mike Calise: Oh, it's real simple. In this configuration there's an extra load controller that takes the signals from the EVLink and gets them into the home energy management system. It's that simple.
Laura LaNata: So, Mike this comes in green and white but are there other color schemes?
Mike Calise: The key about electric vehicle owners, they're quite individual and they like to express themselves so we have this really cool feature, it's skinning. It allows the individual to express themselves, not only in their vehicle, but in their charger.
Laura LaNata: So Mike, thank you so much and to the people of Schneider Electric for all this great information you've given us.
Mike Calise: Well, it's really been a pleasure to share with your Think Green audience and talk about technologies around EVLink, electric vehicle charging, and Wiser Home Management.
Laura LaNata: Well, we'll have all the links to Schneider Electric up on our website as well. That's designingspaces.tv. Just click on the Think Green section and you'll see the video right there. Also, you can join in on the conversation on Facebook, and that address is facebook.com\dspacestv. For Designing Spaces I'm Laura LaNata.
Ted Brunson: We all want clean water and a healthy ecosystem. We also want to find ways of lowering our costs of living while maintaining an efficient household. Well the technologies are here and we just need to start using them. So together let's move forward for a healthier, greener lifestyle. For Designing Spaces Think Green I'm Ted Brunson.