Samsung adds smart energy service to SmartThings

  • July 27, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Samsung has added a smart energy service to its SmartThings connected living IoT app. This will let consumers take control of their energy consumption with monitoring, target-setting and notifications of their Samsung appliances and HVAC systems.

By improving consumers’ household energy IQ, SmartThings Energy has the power to reduce monthly energy bills and contribute to a lower carbon footprint.

Energy efficiency has become one of the most sought-after smart home features, as a result of people spending more time cooking and doing other household tasks during the pandemic. SmartThings Energy, which supports Samsung home appliances and HVAC products, delivers on this by offering users a real-time view of actual energy consumption data, analysis and cost estimates, allowing smart homeowners to monitor their usage and control costs.

“People are spending more time at home and using their appliances more frequently, driving a need for larger capacity and better energy efficiency,” said Chanwoo Park, vice president at Samsung Electronics. “Our consumers want to be part of building a better, more eco-friendly tomorrow, and we are proud to help them achieve that vision by offering a more energy-efficient smart home experience.”

For years, Samsung has offered Energy Star certified appliances that are efficient and provide energy-saving benefits. Now, SmartThings Energy is taking those efforts a step further by empowering consumers to view and control their energy use and take actions that generate economic and environmental savings.

SmartThings Energy offers comprehensive real-time energy consumption data and addresses problems related to major energy-consuming appliances such as air conditioners and home appliances, head-on.

Through the service, users can switch between viewing all their devices together and viewing individual device consumption and cost estimates. In addition to the customisable homepage, users can monitor the energy usage of home appliances. They can check their electricity usage from a single device or aggregated usage from multiple compatible devices. They can also view their consumption data in comparison to target goals and see how much energy they are using compared with the previous month.

User-friendly charts allow users to understand how much energy each of their devices is consuming. In addition, users will receive energy-saving tips based on the devices that are connected. For example, do not overpack your fridge because air needs to circulate for efficient cooling.

Notifications alert users when they’re using too much energy at a given time. For instance, the interface sends alerts when a device is left on while users are away from the home and when they are using more energy than their monthly target.

The service will support most of Samsung home appliances and HVAC products. In the future, the plan is to expand the service to worldwide SmartThings partners and bring in more partners that specialise in energy management.

“We hope to build a suite of new advanced features to generate more savings for SmartThings users,” said Park. “By combining the analytical features of SmartThings Energy with Samsung energy-efficient products, we are changing the game for consumers and empowering them to make smarter decisions about their energy consumption.”