It may not look like much more than a cell phone charger but this device, called the Nucleus from General Electric, is meant to be a hub for a home energy-information network. Inside are radios for communicating with a smart meter and smart appliances through Zigbee and the home network with Wi-Fi. With an energy information network in place, consumers can see how much energy connected appliances are using or get a data for the whole home from a free GE Web site from a PC. GE plans to introduce the device, which can store three years worth of data, for under $200 next year. With smart appliances, or devices connected to the network with smart plugs, people should also be able to program appliances to take advantage of off-peak rates or turn them on and off remotely.
August 23, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: GE
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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