Samsung announced an expansion of its Samsung SmartThings Energy service, first launched in the United States in July 2021, to include several new features designed to help consumers save on energy bills.
At launch, SmartThings Energy enabled users to monitor and manage the energy consumption of Samsung’s home appliances and air conditioners (2022 models). This expansion includes partnerships with three third-party manufacturers: Copper workshops, a manufacturer of whole-home energy monitoring devices; Eyedro, a company that manufactures device-level energy monitors; Other WattBuy, which operates a platform to save money by finding the cheapest electricity company in their area and / or to connect it to local solar panel suppliers.
Eyedro’s EyeFi-2, currently priced at $ 149, is a whole-home energy monitoring system that you would install on your electrical panel, similar to the Sensory energy monitoring we reviewed earlier this year. Like that product, Eyedro’s systems can report power consumption at the device level and will report power generation. In addition to the integration of SmartThings, it can also be used with smart speakers powered by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Provide the WattBuy platform with your home address and it will connect you to the electrical utilities authorized by your local utility commission, so you can compare costs (assuming there are more than one). The service will display the rate of each utility per kilowatt hour and report the average monthly usage of the home and the average monthly bill. The service will also report the information available in the public register, including the square footage of the house, the year of construction and the type of heating system it has. WattBuy will also connect you to local companies that can provide you with solar energy systems.
Copper Labs does not sell products or services directly to consumers. Instead, it provides utility companies with technology that can monitor their customers’ energy consumption in real time, so that the utility can provide these customers with useful information in an effort to manage peak demand and improve energy efficiency. . Consumers can also monitor their entire home’s real-time electricity consumption in the SmartThings app, and can set up automations to reduce energy consumption to reduce their electricity bill, including reacting to demand response events. Copper’s service works with and without smart electricity meters.