Are you looking to optimise your PV performance? Would you like to optimise your PV performance? With Home Energy Management, you have control over the performance of your home’s energy, day and night. With options to store energy, select appliances to power, and schedule your system, Home Energy Management provides more ways to save on energy.
What is Home Energy Management?
A Home Energy Management System combines hardware (installed in your home) and software to monitor and optimise your energy consumption. This may include compatible appliances connected to your system, allowing you to control when appliances operate or are scheduled. Typically, you control your energy patterns via an app on your mobile phone or a website.
Home Energy Management is often referred to as HEM systems. They manage and track home energy usage and consumption.
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A smart home with a Home Energy Management system will allow you to do more than just manage your solar PV production. With Energy Management systems you get the capabilities of home automation, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging solutions to help fight rising energy demands.
How do Home Energy Management Systems work?
Your HEMS’ hardware typically consists of a device installed on your home’s electrical board, which communicates between the user and home appliances (sometimes sending information to electricity retailers, too). If your HEMS operates on a wireless network, your hardware may be a virtual device.
The software for your HEMS moderates ingoing and outgoing data and communications of all connected appliances. Users can monitor and control their system through a user interface, typically an app or web portal. The software for your HEMS helps you increase energy efficiency by identifying consumption patterns.
In terms of monitoring, your system will send you feedback on how your energy is being used and generated, with the possibility to be notified of usage trends. Most systems will show you which appliances are on and off, and sometimes even provide individual consumption rates for each appliance.
In terms of the controlling features on offer, your HEMS may allow you to remotely switch appliances on or off, schedule operation times, and organise conditional rules for device operation. In addition, your system may offer machine learning of usage trends, which can help automate appliance use and performance. Ultimately, all of these features work together to help you use energy more efficiently.
What does your HEMS let you manage and monitor?
Most HEMS monitor four key areas of your home energy production and usage:
Electricity monitoring and management is the core functionality of a versatile home energy management system. Your HEMS should give you the ability to monitor device performance and to remotely control them, such as turning them on or off, or interacting with their intended function (eg, temperature control for heating and cooling systems).
HEMS are primarily geared to save costs in energy consumption, so the key features in electricity use management will include monitoring grid electricity rates, tracking flexible pricing (where the price of the electricity you consume is based on when you use it), and whether there is solar power or batteries available on site.
Your HEMS can monitor your solar panel, or PV, usage. Solar PV allows homes to produce a portion of their electricity on-site. Through your Home Energy Management System, you can coordinate your solar system to prioritise consuming its own energy directly, or to export it to the grid as much as possible.
Battery storage offers homes greater capabilities in energy self-sufficiency and helps to lower electricity bills. An intelligent management system helps to maximise the value of battery storage by taking into account performance variables, such as whether you’re on a time of use or flat-rate tariff, and whether you have any incentive to sell stored energy into the grid.
Solar thermal, also known as solar hot water, allows you to use solar energy to heat water within your home. Solar hot water systems often operate independently to the rest of a home’s electrical devices, but a smart HEMS with the right connectivity & monitoring functionality can help to improve their value by reducing grid reliance and saving you more money.
Enphase Home Energy Management
With more power and innovation at your fingertips than ever before, Australian homeowners now have access to energy management solutions for Smart Homes, so you can control the energy your solar system produces during the day using remotely accessible smart solar technology. Enphase is the undisputed leader in microinverter solar technology, which delivers more solar power, when you need it, more efficiently and with more visibility, via easy to access power usage and consumption applications on your phone.
SolarEdge Home Energy Management
With SolarEdge’s smart energy solutions, your customers will benefit from increased solar usage, lower dependency on the grid, and reduced electricity bills. All conveniently managed by just a single, smart inverter, the brains of the home energy system.
Solar energy usage is maximized by shifting device consumption to match PV production as well as by storing energy to use when needed. Power is diverted to household loads at the programmed time using excess PV or battery power. Grid power is only used if PV/ battery power is not available.
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Smart energy solutions are beneficial as they provide increased solar usage and decrease grid reliance, which reduces your energy bills. For the most efficient home energy solution that also saves you money, considering integrating your HEMS with our other solar solutions: PV Solar panels, hot water pumps, and pool heating systems.