Samsung tackles grid stability with smart home energy system

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Samsung has unveiled a new demand response program for its SmartThings platform, aiming to connect smart homes to the power grid and automatically reduce energy consumption during peak demand periods. The initiative – called Flex Connect – is currently available in New York and California and works in conjunction with SmartThings Energy, the company’s energy management solution.

Flex Connect leverages SmartThings’ AI Energy Mode to automate how connected devices and appliances respond to demand response events. This intelligent system learns household routines and adjusts energy use based on user-defined targets, potentially saving up to 70 percent of energy consumption when using Samsung products.

When a utility company sends a demand response signal, Flex Connect can automatically activate AI Energy Mode to conserve energy in supported appliances, power off devices (including third-party lights and plugs), and adjust compatible thermostats to reduce energy consumption.

The program offers potential financial benefits for participants. Users on time-of-use rates may see reduced energy bills, while others could receive cash rebates from their utility companies for participation. As an added incentive, Samsung is offering Samsung Rewards points through Flex Connect, redeemable for products on

Flex Connect is designed to be flexible and user-friendly. Participants can choose which devices to enrol in the program and modify their selections at any time. Even without compatible appliances, users can still receive alerts through SmartThings Energy when an event is triggered, allowing them to manually adjust their energy usage.

While Samsung appliances dominate the list of compatible devices, several third-party products are also supported. These include smart plugs, lights, and thermostats from brands such as Wemo, TP-Link, Aeotec, Ecobee, Sengled, and Resideo (Honeywell Home). Tesla products, including Powerwall and Loop EV chargers, are also compatible with the system.

As a member of the Matter smart home standard, Samsung is well-positioned to expand its list of compatible devices. The recent addition of support for large appliances and energy reporting to the Matter standard suggests that more devices may soon be integrated into the platform.

The launch of Flex Connect represents a major step towards creating a more responsive and efficient energy grid. By leveraging the power of smart home technology, Samsung aims to help reduce strain on the power network and potentially prevent blackouts during periods of high demand.

As the program rolls out, it will be interesting to observe its impact on energy consumption patterns and grid stability in participating regions. The success of Flex Connect could pave the way for similar initiatives across the smart home industry, ultimately contributing to a more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure.

(Image Credit: Samsung)

See also: Samsung unveils SmartThings Pro for businesses

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