2009-03-11

Energy Management for the home user

Uses of technology to improve use of energy and reduce cost per user / household.

Various companies are currently working on ideas for improving the grid (see Google green energy article). Other companies like Tendril, are working with the energy companies to distributed smart devices for the home. The following inventions include 3 ideas on improving energy usage in the home - 1. off peak battery loading 2. GPS tracking residents 3. Calendar tracking residents

1. Off peak power usage and storage
System figures out your needs and based on requirements and off peak hours will charge your electric car and home storage batteries during off peak hours. Based on usage and times when power is cheaper make usage of electric. Enables power companies to smooth out the usage curve and reduce the need for power production to meet the needs of peak usage times.

2. GPS for tracking residents and power needs
Using peoples phones with built in GPS feature can track where they are and when they will be back home. This information enables the house / system to heat / cool the house in time for the persons return. Can tell when they have gone away for the weekend and won't be back for days or hours enabling reduction in house climate usage and can hold off on charging the electric car until the peek time. If couple likes the house at different temperatures, for example one likes it at 70 and the other at 60 F. Based on GPS can decide who is home and when the other person will be home and adjust between 60-70 based on occupants.

3. Calendar for tracking residents and power needs
Same as 2 above but this time adds the use of checking the persons calendar to see their schedule and modify usage based on what they are doing and when they will be back. If it shows yoga class then maybe they will want it warmer upon their return but if they went for a bike ride cool the house off a bit.


The three ideas above can be used along with existing AI technology that tracks and learns who is where within the house at what times of day and heats rooms in the house based on usage of the rooms. This includes who is in the room. Learns what temperature people like based on time of day, external temperature, time of year, day of the week, clothing the person is wearing. For example a heat sensing camera can be used to adjust climate controls, noticing when someone is hotter or colder then they like to be based on their feedback.
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