With an increased focus on energy efficiency and growing adoption of smart technologies from consumers seeking to simplify, reduce and manage energy consumption, UL Solutions can support your business to help verify your smart appliances and other products meet the specifications and certification requirement standards of official smart energy programs, including the ENERGY STAR® Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) program recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ENERGY STAR-certified Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) offers the opportunity to serve a rapidly growing market
ENERGY STAR-certified Smart Home Energy Management Systems enable consumers to enjoy the “smart home” experience with the added benefit of optimized energy efficiency. Certified systems allow users to control and track the use of products and devices ranging from lighting, home entertainment, and appliances to EV chargers and solar panels, all from one centralized management system.
Certified systems offer a variety of energy-saving attributes, including standby limits on all required devices, grid communication capabilities to enable demand response functionality, utility time of use pricing integration to run appliances or EV charging off-peak, and the ability to suggest energy-saving actions based on room or home occupancy.
How does SHEMS work?
The SHEMS program facilitates untapped residential energy savings associated with occupancy-based optimization control of critical devices and introduces additional energy-saving products into the home. Key features of the SHEMS performance criteria include:
- ENERGY STAR-certified smart thermostat, ENERGY STAR-certified lighting and plug load control.
- Standby limits on all required devices
- Ability to receive and utilize occupancy information to produce energy-saving actions (e.g., schedules, suggested actions and service-initiated actions like adjusting the heat when no one is home).
- User access to energy use the information to facilitate energy-saving behavior.
- A daily kWh budget for operating lights while away
- Grid communication to enable demand response functionality
- Integration with utility dynamic (time of use) pricing schedules
UL Solution experts can support your business on the path to being awarded the ENERGY STAR® Certification for your products.
UL Solutions is the exclusive partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the ENERGY STAR® Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) program. Our services include testing, validation, and certification solutions for:
- Energy efficiency
- Product safety
- EMC/Wireless Cybersecurity test
- Functional safety
Whether you are an OEM or a system integrator, we are ready to support your business in driving innovation and growth with the ENERGY STAR® SHEMS program. Consults with our team of experts today.
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