The Michigan Energy Forum will explore new developments in Residential Energy Management, exploring the recent explosion of commercially available technologies and firms offering them to consumers. While commercial energy management is a multi-billion dollar industry, residential energy management has lagged far behind. Three years ago, the few consumers who were interested in residential energy management had to buy hundreds of dollars worth of home automation controls from niche online retailers unless they were lucky enough to participate in pilot programs offered by electrical utility companies testing "smart home" and "demand response" programs. Today, television commercials invite consumers to lease the devices they need to control smart lights, plugs, thermostats and appliances including washers, dryers, thermostats, and water heaters, all for a flat monthly fee from firms such Cable TV giant Comcast, home security giant ADT, and new home automation firms such as Vivint. The MEF will explore these and other technologies that are now, or may soon be, commercially available to help manage and reduce, residential energy consumption.
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CEO, Spider 9
Executive-in-Residence, Erb Institute