ComEd has announced the Smart Home Showcase contest, which will award up to four smart meter pilot customers with free, smart home makeovers valued at nearly $45,000 each. Winners will receive a collection of brand-new energy-efficient equipment including Whirlpool’s smart refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers. The appliances feature energy-management technology. For example, refrigerators can be programmed to stop making ice during peak electricity usage hours.
Other equipment includes electricity-generating solar panels and battery storage equipment installed by Intelligent Generation; a Nest Learning Thermostat that learns from temperature-setting behaviors, preferences and surroundings to automatically create a custom heating and cooling schedule; and an in-home-display to help monitor household electricity use in real-time, predict bill amounts and reduce consumption.
Adam Pollet, acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, notes, “Our state’s energy efficiency programs are working to attract and expand businesses in Illinois, while saving consumers money on their energy bills. Programs like ComEd’s Smart Home Showcase contest are an important way to educate Illinois residents about how to conserve energy, save money and protect our environment.”
Once the new technologies are installed, ComEd will work to evaluate their impact on the winners’ energy use, bill amounts and lifestyle.
Mike McMahan, ComEd vice president of smart grid and technology, adds: “This contest will help demonstrate the value that the smart grid will bring, in terms of giving customers greater control over their energy usage. Smart appliances and thermostats, combined with smart meters, will help customers conserve energy and control costs without their intervention.”
The contest is open to customers who own single-family homes in the communities that are part of the company’s smart meter pilot program, which encompasses nine towns serviced by the utility.