Samsung SmartThings, the premier technology enabling connected living and driving the future of IoT, today announces the release of SmartThings Energy, a new service within its app that allows consumers to take control of their energy consumption with monitoring, target-setting, and notifications of their Samsung appliances and HVAC systems. By improving consumers’ household energy IQ, SmartThings Energy has the power to reduce monthly energy bills and contribute to a lower carbon footprint.
Energy efficiency has become one of the most sought-after smart home features, as a result of people spending more time cooking and doing other household tasks during the pandemic. SmartThings Energy, which supports Samsung home appliances and Samsung HVAC products, delivers on this need by offering users a real-time view of actual energy consumption data, analysis and cost estimates, allowing smart homeowners to monitor their usage and control costs. SmartThings Energy is the latest addition to the family of SmartThings services, joining SmartThings Cooking and SmartThings Clothing Care, which debuted earlier this year.
“People are spending more time at home and using their appliances more frequently, driving a need for larger capacity and better energy efficiency,” said Chanwoo Park, Vice President and Head of IoT Business group at Samsung Electronics. “Our consumers want to be part of building a better, more eco-friendly tomorrow, and we are proud to help them achieve that vision by offering a more energy-efficient smart home experience.”
For years, Samsung has offered ENERGY STAR certified appliances that are efficient and provide energy-saving benefits. Earlier this year, Samsung was presented with the rare ENERGY STAR Corporate Commitment Award for its longstanding commitment to demonstrating leadership and partnership with ENERGY STAR.
Now, SmartThings Energy is taking those efforts a step further by empowering consumers to view and control their energy usage and take actions that generate economic and environmental savings. SmartThings Energy is unique because it offers the most comprehensive real-time energy consumption data on the market and addresses challenges related to major energy-consuming appliances like air conditioners and home appliances, head-on.
Through the new SmartThings Energy service, users can easily switch between viewing all of their devices together and viewing individual device consumption and cost estimates. In addition to the customizable homepage, users can:
- Monitor the energy usage of home appliances. Users can check their electricity usage from a single device or aggregated usage from multiple compatible devices. They can also view their consumption data in comparison to target goals and see how much energy they are using compared to the previous month.
- Discover consumption data. User-friendly charts allow users to understand how much energy each of their devices is consuming. In addition, users will receive energy-saving tips based on the devices that are connected. For example, do not overpack your fridge because air needs to circulate for efficient cooling.
- Save energy through notifications that alert users when they’re using too much energy at a given time. For instance, the interface sends alerts when a device is left on while users are away from the home and when they are using more energy than their monthly target.
The new service will support most of Samsung Home Appliances and HVAC products. In the future, SmartThings will expand the service to WWST partners and bring in new partners that specialize in energy management.
“We hope to build a suite of new advanced features to generate more savings for SmartThings users,” said Park. “By combining the analytical features of SmartThings Energy with Samsung energy-efficient products, we are changing the game for consumers and empowering them to make smarter decisions about their energy consumption.”
SmartThings Energy is the latest innovation that represents the company’s commitment to a more sustainable future. Earlier this year, Samsung announced an expansion of its Galaxy Upcycling Program with Galaxy Upcycling at Home, which enabled consumers to repurpose Galaxy smartphones into smart home devices.
Samsung Electronics strives to incorporate environmental sustainability into everything it does, with products thoughtfully designed to minimize environmental impact during their entire lifecycle. Through tangible solutions like power-efficient semiconductor chips, sustainable packaging, energy-saving technology and the ability to upcycle old devices, the company is empowering consumers to conserve resources and reduce their environmental footprint.