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Residential Smart Grid Solutions

Residential Smart Grid Solutions

With Lutron residential smart grid solutions, homeowners are empowered to reduce their energy usage during peak demand periods, which saves them money and helps prevent blackouts or brownouts.

Benefits of Residential Smart Grid Solutions

Decreased home energy use:
Because you’ll be able to see how much energy you’re using and when, you’ll be able to easily identify areas where you can modify your usage.
 
Increase grid reliability:
The demand response component of  smart grid enables a utility to decrease electricity demand during peak hours, rather than increasing the supply for electricity. And decreasing the demand for electricity leads to fewer blackouts.
Increased savings on electricity:
Modifying your energy usage, coupled with the savings garnered when the Lutron smart grid solution responds to price changes and energy events, will mean a lower electricity bill.
Decreased carbon footprint:
When you save energy you’re not only decreasing your carbon footprint, you’re also doing your part to lower CO2 emissions, which helps reduce global warming.

How Does it Work?

The Lutron smart grid solution will offer direct control of lighting, HVAC, shades, and plug-in devices as well as control of third-party devices. The system will also display your real-time energy use and analyze trends to identify additional ways you can save energy.

Both you and the Lutron smart grid solution will receive messages sent to you from your utility about how much energy you’re using, when you’re using it, and how much it’s costing you — all in real time via a smart meter or server. The Lutron smart grid solution will automatically respond to price changes and energy events, such as times of peak demand, by cutting back on the amount of energy used by your lights, shades, HVAC, and certain appliances. That, in turn, will save you money.

Smart Grid solution with RadioRA® 2 (PDF, 903 KB)

Smart Grid solution with HomeWorks® QS system (PDF, 946 KB)
Energy Savings Energy Calculator
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Examples of Lutron Smart Grid Solutions


Price Responsive Control

You receive a price change alert from your utility company — the current price for electricity has just increased by two dollars per kWh. Based on your preset preferences, the smart grid solution from Lutron automatically increases the thermostat cooling set point, lowers sun-facing shades, dims appropriate lights, and switches off unnecessary appliances. You can monitor your energy consumption and pricing via your computer or mobile access device, and can manually override the system’s actions if you desire.

Demand Response

On a hot summer day, you receive a demand response alert from your utility company. The utility company’s grid is near max capacity from all of the electricity currently being used, and the utility company would like you to reduce your usage per the terms of your contract. Based on your preset preferences, the smart grid solution from Lutron automatically increases the thermostat set point, lowers sun-facing shades, dims appropriate lights, and switches off unnecessary appliances.

When you check your in-home display, you’ll see that you have freed up electricity capacity well beyond what you agreed to in your contract. You decide to lower your thermostat back to it’s pre-alert set point.

What you can do now

You can begin by calling your utility company. Inquire about having a smart meter set up in your home so you can see where and when you’re using the majority of your electricity.

Currently, RadioRA® 2 and HomeWorks® QS are smart grid ready products. RadioRA 2 is a wireless light control system that provides convenient and intuitive control of lights, shades, audio-visual devices, and temperature in a single room or throughout a whole home. It installs easily, programs quickly, and operates reliably thanks to Clear Connect™ RF Technology. HomeWorks QS, designed for exclusive homes, integrates the control of all your light, interior and exterior, electric light and daylight. The system also integrates with other manufacturers for audio-visual and HVAC control, as well, for broader control of your home environment. Lutron continues to add smart grid technology to our other product families. Identify a solution that best fits your needs.

Questions? Please email SmartGrid@lutron.com