California Residents Can Now Unlock Energy Savings, Improve Electric Grid Reliability with SmartThings

May 9, 2023 SmartThings Energy

Consumers can now be notified of actions they can take to manage their energy in real-time, and earn cash rewards.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – May 9, 2023 – SmartThings, the premier technology enabling connected living and driving the future of smart homes, has partnered with grid service and smart building company Enersponse to offer California residents greater control over their energy costs and environmental impact. The partnership allows consumers to easily measure and manage their home energy consumption during peak demand periods, using insights and real-time suggestions directly from their SmartThings-enabled devices and earn cash rewards for participating in demand response programs. SmartThings users in California can sign up for Enersponses’ GridResponse program simply by activating SmartThings Energy in the SmartThings app, and inputting their zip code to see if they’re eligible for demand response or other conservation programs in their area.

SmartThings Energy is a service within the SmartThings app that offers comprehensive insights and data analysis for appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners. This first of its kind ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) service allows consumers to manage and automate their usage of not just Samsung appliances, but the entire home, and recommends ways for consumers to be more environmentally efficient over time based on habits. With these new partnerships, users can now also be informed and take action in real-time in response to surges in demand and price, and receive rewards from partners in addition to savings on their utility bills.

SmartThings users can play an important role in reducing strain on their local electric grid. Because SmartThings Energy integrates with Enersponse to access utility providers and grid-service programs, users can help reduce power consumption during peak hours through a single app. For example, users are notified if they are using their dishwasher at peak times so they can stop or delay use. Such actions can offset overall energy costs for individual consumers, and have the power to lower demand across an entire zip code. In just two minutes, some participants can save up to $100 annually by registering through their SmartThings app.

“As our country faces a greater number of winter storms, heat waves, and record flooding, there becomes increased strain on the power grid, leading to widespread outages during periods of high demand,” said Barry Holland, Director of Product Management, SmartThings Energy. “SmartThings Energy solves everyday needs by lowering costs and reducing reliance on power grids during peak and emergency situations. We look forward to expanding and enhancing the program in the future, seeking additional demand response and utility programs to connect our users to.”

“California residents continue to face the challenges brought on by dwindling resources, from statewide droughts to escalating energy demands during heat waves and forest fires, and it's imperative that we leverage technology to build more efficient energy grids,“ said James Muraca, CTO of Enersponse Inc. “Not only will this alleviate the stress on our communities, but it will also empower individuals who use these technologies to take an active role in creating a greener, more sustainable world - and they deserve to be recognized for their contribution.“;

To learn more about SmartThings Energy, visit https://partners.smartthings.com/smartthings-energy.

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