Since the beginning of time, man has sought out control. Whether at the most primitive level, with the invention of fire or through religion, humans naturally feel safest when they are able to mitigate the number of things that are uncertain. Naturally, the number of things up in the air has evolved over the centuries through critical milestones, most notably, the control of the flow of amenities to and from the house. At the turn of the 21st century, futuristic movies began enchanting our creative side through something we now refer to as a ‘smart-home.’ The thing is, however, smart homes seemed like something way down the line, but, from those young minds, to who the future seemed like it was just a drawing board away, we began to see growth in this space-age industry.
Today, the smart-home industry is beginning to see a crescendo in both the capacity of its technology and of course, customer demand. This success is in part due to the big three Telco companies of Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T adding the smart home element to their arsenal. The surge of money into this industry has allowed for new aspects of the smart home to be explored. To this end, the energy industry has been explored and exploited, making the art of control expand to areas that for hundreds of years, have been associated with the notion of waste and loss.
Cue the Energy Management and Control Systems, which have had enormous success in energy waste management, for two reasons. First, in an age where we can access a web browser from the palm of our hands and from nearly everywhere, at the palm of your hand you may check and control your energy output in attempting to mitigate waste. Secondly, through setting long-term savings goals, a computer can make decisions for you, to help mitigate human error—errors that would otherwise likely result in energy waste.
As a result of these monumental spurs in efficiency and corporation buy in we find that the government has begun to take notice, in a big way. All of a sudden, we are seeing huge government rebate programs from the state all the way to the federal level. This has caused a groundbreaking shift in the once niche market of the solar and energy management industry. Between energy management systems becoming more and more affordable, and their efficiency skyrocketing, the age of the green hippie customer is collapsing, and now we are seeing more customers from small businesses and apartment buildings, to the everyday middle classer understand that savings are at a hands reach.
Take one case study of a customer of ours in San Jose, California. This customer originally purchased a 198-collector system for their apartment building. The cost before any rebate or tax break came out to be $750,000. Now although that is a large number, look on below at the graph to see how rebates and tax breaks played a role in the final cost, as well as the annual energy savings: