From smart appliances with hundreds of features to smart kitchen appliances that automatically cook delicious meals, advancements in technology have put home control at your fingertips.
In less than a century, technology has taken us from an uneven power supply to almost universally grid-connected Australian homes; from washing machines where you’ve squeezed water from your clothes with a hand-turned mangle, to smart machines that turn on automatically when electricity prices are low and energy supplies are plentiful. Indoor air conditioning has met climate change and energy transition, and the result at the height of summer isn’t always pretty. But again, the technology has been refined, to now optimize our use of labour-saving, comfort and safety devices to reduce energy consumption.
We can have it all with new smart home management systems like [email protected]which can be corded, cordless or in a hybrid combination to suit both new construction and delight renovators.
Whatever the architecture of your home, you can wake up when the electric blinds rise to let the light in, with the smell of freshly brewed coffee automatically and the mellow tones of your favorite music, or the morning news no. so sweet but informative.
[email protected] Geofencing, which uses global positioning systems (GPS) to register when you’re on your way home, can turn on the heat or air conditioning, illuminate your driveway with a welcoming light, and open your gate as you approach. It works the other way, too: by recognizing when you’ve left the house, it can be programmed to automatically turn off the lights and set your heating or cooling system to an optimal maintenance temperature that will save you even more energy. money when it needs to ramp up. comfortable levels for humans at home.
Return on investment
As luxurious as it may sound, a smart home is no longer a luxury. The cost of installing fully integrated systems that can be controlled via smartphone, tablet or voice technology has dropped significantly in recent years as sensors and software are more widely applied. ABB’s use of common, brand-independent electronic systems and protocols also means more third-party applications, and a wide range of devices can be easily integrated by installers.
Energy saving is also not a favored pursuit. Any home budget can benefit from technology that turns off lights and appliances when you leave the house, and plugs the washing machine, pool filter and dishwasher into cheaper, off-peak energy. Plus, research has shown that the average household can save 6% on heating if the thermostat-controlled temperature is set just one degree lower.
In fact, your personal Internet of Things (IoT) can quickly pay for itself in savings and help reduce your household’s carbon footprint.
Last year, the ABC reported that Australian households are responsible for around 20% of our country’s emissions. The average household generates between 15 and 20 tonnes of CO2 per year – among the highest in the world – and Greenwire Consulting estimates that electrical appliances such as air conditioners, lighting, refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, etc. are responsible for around 45% of this production – unless you are running your entire home on solar power.
Although we can manually improve our energy efficiency at home – turning off appliances when not in use, turning the air conditioning on a little more or less depending on the season, closing the doors to unused areas when heating or air conditioning, scheduling certain machines to do their job at noon – in this case, a smart home solution has become the ultimate labor-saving device.
[email protected] can orchestrate multiple functions and machines, including the soon-to-be-ubiquitous electric vehicle charger and rooftop solar power for optimal electricity usage and savings.
Master plan for a sustainable home
[email protected] showed its strengths in South Australia’s first energy-efficient 10-star rated home (most Australian homes are rated 6 stars), designed by consultancy SUHO for maximum sustainability. The 10-star SUHO house uses [email protected] to automate many of its key features – such as optimal temperature control ventilation and the ABB TerraAC wallbox EV charger – which make it both comfortable and energy efficient, and also to provide information to occupants about their consumption of energy.
The building design is expected to provide the blueprint for future energy efficient housing in Australia.
Safe and ready for the future
Safety is an essential part of a comfortable home life, and [email protected] can integrate the functionalities of ABB-Welcome, a door communication system that allows total control of entrances (gates, doors, garage doors and lift) from inside the house and remotely. Enhancing security and comfort, ABB-Welcome coordinates audio and camera technology, as well as locking and opening of entrances via an interior control panel, tablet or smartphone.
Both [email protected] and ABB-Welcome have been designed so that the functions can be integrated and used individually or in tandem with others. Opening an exterior gate, for example, can be linked to illuminating the path to your door. Turning on a home entertainment system may be accompanied by dimming the lights.
This year, ABB partnered with Samsung Electronics to bring more comprehensive energy saving and power management technologies to market. We are developing a combined platform for innovation that combines smart technology, smart control and smart devices. [email protected] already enables control of 65 functions via the control panel, smart device or voice technologies such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistants, and we are constantly expanding the range of third-party devices that integrate with the system.
Homeowners can start small in their connected personal IoT and add functionality as their family grows or as EVs and battery energy storage options become more affordable. A smart home system will allow you to balance comfort and the emerging shiny technologies of modern life with energy saving.
Find out how ABB is helping to electrify Australian homes.
Written by Sunil Abraham – Technical Promotion and Design Manager for Building and Infrastructure, ABB Electrification Division