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Residential energy efficiency solution offers improved user experience

Energy Management Solution. Pic credit Schneider Electric
The Wiser Home Control allows home owners to manage energy efficiency and usage around the home through smart automation. Pic credit: Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric, a global energy management solutions company, has updated its Wiser Home Control, an integrated energy efficiency control solution that interlinks electrical, multimedia and telecommunications in a single home automation platform, the company announced on Monday.

Updates to the energy management solution include expanding from its iOS compatibility onto the Android platform, which increases support for more mobile devices in the market.

Homeowners can now install the applications directly on their Android devices, allowing energy management and control across multiple platforms, said a company statement.

Energy management at home

According to the company, Wiser Home Control allows owners to control all appliances in the household and customise settings to adapt to their energy efficiency living patterns through a user-friendly interface for a more eco-friendly and stylish way of life.

The backbone of the solution has been updated with the new “plug-and-play” USB ZigBee interface, which allows for communication with the ULTI EZinstall3 switches. As ULTI EZinstall3 switches are ZigBee-oriented and designed for easy retrofitting, homeowners using the solution can now avoid compatibility issues with mechanical switches and directly install ULTI EZinstall3 switches in their homes.

With the ZigBee wireless signal, ULTI EZinstall3 switches can also communicate directly with the solution and, as a result, not only can home owners now control lighting, but also all other home appliances such as air-conditioning, curtains and security.

With this interface, owners need not worry about the hassle of rewiring or undergoing a major renovation overhaul when they want to upgrade their existing home or install a new system. The Wiser Home Control provides users with an easy and cost-effective way to upgrade their homes with automation technology.

Controlling your energy efficiency

The solution also offers the option of using your television as a controller. The newly added HDMI port allows home owners to directly connect their television sets to the Controller Hub and access the controls through a larger display, for better navigation performance and ease of use.

With the television remote as a controller, users no longer have to worry about their control devices dying, and an external keyboard or mouse can also be used for control via the USB port. The lack of a Wi-Fi or Internet signal will no longer hamper control, thereby improving reliability.

Furthermore, Wiser Home Control allows owners to manage energy efficiency and usage around the home through smart automation, which uses sensors and time scheduling to avoid unnecessary electricity wastage, and monitoring features that give home owners greater insights to power usage. These ultimately help consumers reduce their energy bill by up to 30%, claims the company.

Anoop Hariparsad, product manager in the Eco-Buildings Division of Schneider Electric South Africa, said: “The latest updates to our Wiser Home Control solution simplify home living with automated systems that not only allow for flexible control but also bring great convenience to just about any scenario one can imagine.”

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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