ears is now offering GE’s Brillion energy-management platform in more than 100 stores in northeastern United States, in preparation for the rollout of smart home appliances. Sears is the first retailer to offer products and components for GE’s proprietary wireless system, which enables sers to monitor energy consumption and control compatible appliances remotely.
When used with a smart meter featuring advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and ZigBee wireless standards the platform also allows GE’s Brillion-enabled major appliances to automatically delay certain energy-intensive functions until an hour when electric rates are lower.
The partners report they are kicking off the program “with a GE programmable thermostat and the manufacturer’s GeoSpring high-efficiency hybrid electric water heater, although smart washers, dryers, refrigerators and dishwashers are also in the pipeline.”
The products come with a Brillion starter kit that includes a communication module to enable remote control of the appliances, and a Nucleus home manager that tracks energy consumption and conveys the data wirelessly to a PC or mobile device via email or text alerts.
Sears appliances president Steven Haber says his company “can now offer shoppers in these markets unprecedented insight into and control over their home energy use by getting connected with GE Brillion products. This makes it easy and compelling for our customers to save money on their energy bills and is an excellent example of how Sears is committed to offering products to our customers that improve their lifestyle and help them save money in the process.”
Dave McCalpin, GE Appliances manager of home energy management adds: “We are thrilled that Sears is the first retailer to offer our GE and Brillion-enabled products. Providing a connected solution that allows consumers to take control of their home and gain insight, convenience and peace of mind to help them live more productive lives while saving money, will offer shoppers a unique solution that they can only get at Sears.”