New UK research hub for smart homes and buildings

A new hub dedicated to smart homes and buildings research has been opened in the UK. The new Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings (CSHB) in Watford is currently testing a range of devices, covering heating, energy use, safety and security, lighting as well as air quality. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) will work with […]

Chinese and French chip in to German smart home idea

The race to be the go-to guys for “smart home” technology is heating up – with two French and Chinese companies chipping into Germany’s efforts on this front. The group of German firms led by Deutsche Telekom – the equivalent of Britain’s BT – has a digital box which uses broadband internet so a household […]

Smart home idea ‘shouldn’t be kept too narrow’

The idea of a smart home “shouldn’t be kept too narrow” as it will grow more and more outside one’s home. That’s the view of the head of a global energy think tank, who believes a smart home is something that will be an extension of a person’s daily life. He said smart homes include […]

Smart home an ‘investment opportunity’ for consumers

Making homes smart will be an “investment opportunity” for consumers as it will be more than just about installing a smart meter. Talking to ELN about why smart homes are crucial, Dr Philip E. Lewis, Founder and CEO of VaasaETT, a global energy think tank believes energy efficiency will be one of the main benefits. […]

Homes should be able to sell their solar power “24/7”

Homes with solar panels should get “unlimited access” to the energy grid so they can make a profit from selling their energy around the clock, it was suggested this week. Home owners in Britain and many other countries can sell any power they don’t use back to the national grid without paying tax on any […]

British Gas launches “world’s most advanced” smart meter

The UK’s largest energy supplier has launched a new generation of smart meters for its customers, which it claims are the “world’s most advanced”. Smart meters replace normal meters, allowing the user to understand and control how much energy they use and how much it costs. The new meters could spell the end of estimated […]

Green Deal must be more ‘consumer friendly’

Government needs to make the Green Deal more ‘consumer friendly’ to guarantee its popularity. That’s the view of Colin Calder, founder of home energy management firm PassivSystems which has been helping DECC to shape its plans on the new policy. While the Government’s flagship scheme to give loans for home efficiency improvements is an “innovative […]

Consumers the only ‘obstacle’ to smart homes

Consumers are the only “obstacle” to the success of so-called ‘smart’ meters and homes. That’s the view of Pilgrim Beart, founder of AlertMe which makes energy monitors for homeowners to check up on their energy use. The serial entrepreneur and ex-Silicon Valley programmer made the claim at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s annual Clerk […]