A smart appliance is one that can be connected to a home network for monitoring and control. GE's smart appliances use Zigbee and add about $50 to $70 to the cost. They make sense in places which have variable utility rates so people can schedule when to do jobs or so utilities can send a signal through a smart meter that critical peak rates are in effect.
The screen on the right shows the dashboard for managing home energy, which can be accessed through a PC or smart phone app.
January 6, 2011 1:31 PM PST
Photo by: Martin LaMonica
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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