EPA’s Smart Home Program Focuses On Privacy And Security
One big call to action has been the creation of an Energy Star-style standards label for smart home devices that makes clear they were created by following a set of policies designed expressly for protecting user data.
At the moment, all focus is on privacy and security in the smart home industry. Environmental Protection Agency has created an Energy Star program for the smart home. The ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management System, or SHEMS, will certify a smart home if it has connected products that reduce energy usage. While the idea and effort are admirable, not a lot of companies have given it much attention.
The SHEMS home must control devices and sense occupancy to save energy. The house must have at least one Energy Star connected thermostat, two smart lighting devices (at least one of them having the Energy Star label), and one plug load control or management device. Ideally, they should also connect to the grid and to a smart water heater so that utilities will be able to charter a better program. Real-time pricing is not available at the moment, but it is in the works.
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