New tool represents “huge leap forward” in smart home technology

Samsung, Bulb and Chameleon Technology have joined forces to launch the world’s first home energy control service, SmartThings Energy Control.

Unveiled on 2 October, the free-to-download app-based service is available to Bulb users with a smart meter and will enable them to monitor energy use in near real-time. The companies have labelled the service as an “exciting evolution of the smart home”, with it allowing users to remotely schedule smart appliances or tools to use energy at times either more convenient or when power is cheaper.

The companies added that the app also allows an entire household to see the impact of collective changes day by day. Through working together, a household will be able to cut cost and carbon impact without there being a compromise to bill-payer privacy or control.

Teg Dosanjh, Director of Connected Living at Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said that although smart meters were able to increase energy usage awareness, digital technology was capable of driving the behaviour changes required to impact cost and carbon footprint in homes. Dosanjh added: “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.”