GE Introduces Smart Appliances Looks to Save Consumers Money November 1st, 2008
GE Consumer & Industrial recently announced that it has initiated a pilot program designed to conserve energy and help consumers manage the cost of utilities. Comparable to the current ENERGY STAR ® appliances present in the market today, GE’s new suite of “smart” or Energy Management Enabled Appliances will be energy efficient, but go a step further and allow consumers to manage energy costs throughout the day.
Currently the pilot program is being run in Louisville, Kentucky in partnership with Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E). Using the “smart” appliances with the utility “Smart Meters” consumers can manage the costs of their utilities by avoiding peak hour energy usage, generally between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. If for instance, a consumer wanted to do a load of laundry at 4:30 p.m. a signal would be sent from the utility company to a display on the appliance notifying them that higher rates are in effect. All “smart” appliances will be programmed to avoid usage during peak energy hours, but consumers will have the option to override the program at all times to maintain control.
GE’s collection of “smart” appliances will include refrigerators, ranges, laundry pairs, microwave ovens and dishwashers. Within 10 years time, GE anticipates that their “smart” appliance suite will dominate the market, similar to the presence their ENERGY STAR® brand has today.
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