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Navigating the Oncoming Storm: Opportunities and Challenges with Home Energy Management

Summer 2017
A version of this article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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May 21, 2017
Home energy management (HEM) systems—comprising smart networked devices that can provide information on, and dynamically adjust, energy use within a home—have been evolving for decades and finally appear poised to enter the mainstream. However, with hundreds of players getting into the home automation space, the increasing availability of myriad smart devices, an increased vendor focus on customer security and convenience over energy savings, and numerous other challenges, it can be daunting for even seasoned energy experts to try to figure out how best to approach this market, much less find ways to realize the many benefits HEM systems may be able to yield.

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