Whirlpool, Lennox, OpenPeak Assemble Home Energy System
Three companies at the Consumer Electronics Show are going to display a networked home energy management system for reducing consumer energy bills. The products will include network-aware appliances from Whirlpool, a two-way thermostat from Lennox, and a touch-screen central control point made by OpenPeak. Energy retailer Direct Energy plans to test out the combination with about 40 homes in the Houston area in an effort to entice consumers to use tools to lower their home energy use. Best Buy's Geek Squad will do installation of the home network system. The OpenPeak device will allow consumers to control appliances as well as heating and cooling and to program them and all other electrical devices to to run at night to take advantage of off-peak rates. The device will also display real-time energy use and act as central hub for a wireless home network.