GE Exhibits Suite of Smart Appliances - Help You Save Money at no Extra Effort
GE smart appliances monitor draw on grid and operate when it will cost the least to run an appliance
GE has released a suite of smart appliances that address the increasing costs associated with utility companies who offer variable pricing on electricity. In these cases, electricity is most expensive during peak demand hours, and the cost of electricity drops during off-peak demand hours. This is a clear incentive for consumers to try to restrict their electricity use to those times when the cost is lowest. Incentive or not, though, the reality is that it’s highly unlikely a person is going to get up in the middle of the night to run a load of laundry. GE has addressed that problem with its innovative line of smart appliances that are Smart Grid compatible. Check out the video below to see and hear more about these appliances.
Although some consumers already have hot water heaters that operate on a “peak/off-peak” system, GE has gone one better with smart appliances that include a line of "Smart" refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, and other smart appliances that operate when the price of electricity is at its lowest. These smart appliances rely on a communication module that interacts with a Smart Meter installed on the outside of a building. The module constantly monitors the draw on the grid and determines when it will cost the least to run an appliance. For example, a 'smart' dishwasher loaded at 6 pm might not begin its wash cycle until 11pm when it will cost a lot less per kilowatt hour than earlier in the evening.
Some appliances, such as refrigerators, could not be cycled off and on throughout the day without the risk of spoiled food. However, the biggest electricity “hog” on frostless refrigerators is the defrost cycle. It can draw up to 10 times the amount of electricity of the refrigerator itself. The communications module on the GE Smart refrigerator will determine the time when electricity costs the least, then run the defrost cycle at that time.
As for consumers who shudder at the word “program,” they should have no fear. GE's Smart appliances only require the push of a button on the communications module to establish a link between their appliance and the Smart Meter. The Smart appliance will take it from there.