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14 Sep 2009 02:09:05

Utility usage key for future homes

Utility usage key for future homes
The use of utilities in an energy efficient manner is vital to ensuring homes are friendly to the environment in the future.

This has been illustrated by an IBM engineer, who is broadcasting information about his utility use on the internet.

Andy Stanford-Clark, a 'master inventor' at IBM, is using a system that controls his heating, lighting and water use in an efficient manner and publishing the results via Twitter.

Geoff Manaugh, editor of BLDGBLOG and senior editor of Dwell magazine, suggested that other homeowners could follow Stanford-Clark's lead and improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

He said: "When a 'smart home' is simply an assemblage of existing tools and services that you can weave together on your own, you're given an opportunity both to optimise this for your own energy goals and to hack and tinker with the equipment, creating something very specific for your household."

Mr Manaugh has advocated "electrical Weight Watchers" programmes to monitor CO2 use.



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19 Sep 2009

I checked out this Andy Stanford-Clark guy and he's a really lovable geek, but having the ability to turn his lights on from his mobile phone while sitting 100 miles away or from within second life is slightly missing the point. My company is working on technology that does not just monitor your home environment but takes decisions based on that information FOR YOU. So it someone in second life tries to turn on my lights my computer would say "Why - its daytime and there is nobody in the room anyway".

Don't get me wrong - I absolutely agree that the wired home is part of the solution, but I don't want to be tweeted that the light is on in a room that's not occupied, I want it to turn the light off and not bother me with the details, apart perhaps from periodically telling me how much CO2 its saved for me!

Duncan wrote:

21 Sep 2009

Hi nextgenheating,

Thanks for the response - interested to learn more about your new technology - do you have any other details?

The twittering house is really only a very small (but visible) part of what Andy has been doing. He was influential in the creation of 'homecamp' - - a community of home automation hackers. He is also the architect of some real time message brokering protocols and software that I imagine would be of interest to you.

In my humble opinion, the wired house is a really important step towards domestic energy/resource efficiency. Developing intelligent software that can then optimise utility usage is a further step down the road. What Andy's been doing is absolutely critical to both steps!

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