Today’s homeowners don’t just want to be able to turn their lights off and on with the flip of a switch. They want control over their whole lighting system that’s sophisticated—but simple to use. But they want more than that. They want control over their energy usage. And that’s where residential smart grid solutions from Lutron provide a real edge.
Smart grid solutions help homeowners reduce their energy usage during peak demand hours. Not only does this save them money, but it also helps prevent blackouts and brownouts.
By being able to see how much energy they’re using—and when they’re using it—homeowners will have the ability to modify their usage. When coupled with the other savings a Lutron smart grid offers, homeowners can reduce their electricity bill. By using less energy, homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint and lower CO2 emissions—something more and more homeowners are concerned about.
The benefits of smart grid solutions don’t stop there. The demand response component of a smart grid enables a utility to decrease electricity demand during peak hours, rather than increasing the supply for electricity. And decreasing the demand for electricity leads to fewer blackouts—something that impacts not only the individual homeowner, but the whole neighborhood as well.
Here’s one way a smart grid solution can work. On a hot summer day, a homeowner receives a demand response alert from the utility company explaining that the company’s grid is near max capacity from all of the electricity currently being used. The utility company would like the customer to reduce usage in accordance with the terms of their contract. Based on preset preferences, the smart grid solution from Lutron automatically increases the thermostat set point, lowers sun-facing shades, dims appropriate lights, and switches off unnecessary appliances.
The result? When the homeowner checks his in-home display, he’ll see that he’s freed up electricity capacity well beyond the amount agreed to in his contract. He can then decide to lower his thermostat back to its pre-alert set point.
This is just one of the many solutions Lutron has to offer. We’d love to help you select the right Lutron product for your next project. If you’re a “hands-on” kind of person, you may want to see some of these solutions for yourself. You can do that by requesting a demo of the lighting and control products we offer. We’d love to help!