Why you can trust ZDNET
:ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.Our process
'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?
ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.
When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.
ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.
Rather than launching smart bulbs and color-changing lights, the company is going straight to the source with its new Schneider Home energy management solution, a venture that seeks to empower consumers.
ZDNET spoke to Senior Vice President of Innovation and Energy Storage at Schneider, Jaser Faruq, to learn more.
The drive for energy efficiency
Energy consumption is a global matter: If you live on planet Earth, you consume some form of energy in your everyday life or, like most of us, several forms at once. But energy consumption bears a price and, recently, that price has been draining both our wallets and planet.
The push to discover not only a more sustainable, but also a more affordable solution to energy management, has driven companies to produce smart devices. Companies like Samsung and Schneider Electric are putting a big focus towards a more sustainable future through products that can intuitively work together towards one goal: Save energy without sacrificing comfort.
This is a 200A smart electrical panel to give homeowners complete control and insights over their whole-home energy consumption. It features embedded backup controller and critical load panel and is compatible with circuit-level controllable relays.
It's capable of detecting how much energy is consumed in every breaker to let you monitor which changes to make and where, even giving you dollar estimates for each one's energy cost. Combine it with Schneider's new smart outlets and switches and you'll see what each one is costing you individually.
Depending on your utility company, switching to a smart electric panel like Schneider Pulse can make you eligible for a rebate and other incentives.
The new, high-power, 7.6kW inverter converts your solar energy into usable AC electricity to power your home and send back to the electrical grid. It's only compatible with Boost, a 10kWh LFP battery that can be wall-mounted and stacked.
"We took the opportunity to reimagine home energy placing the customer at the center, then designing a full-featured, integrated system around their needs and paired with an intuitive app to simplify its operation," according to Faruq.
This single-directional, 11.5hW level 2 AC EV charger is built to work smoothly with the rest of the Schneider Home lineup, all coming together visually in the app.
"You can optimize how your power is being used in the home in conjunction with solar," Faruq explains. Having a complete and harmonious system opens the door to more options, like "only charging your EV when solar is on and program your house when utility rates are cheapest," he adds.
Faruq explains these are created for it all to come together in the app, letting you turn different devices on and off in your house, giving you the power to create automations, seeing the consumption cost of different appliances -- all to make your home truly energy-efficient.
Setting up the ideal Schneider Home energy management solution can quickly add up to over $10,000 for a medium-sized home (between 1,000 and 2,500 square feet) with two electric vehicles, using the state of Massachusetts as an example.
This would include five Boost batteries to store backup energy for 12+ hours, two inverters, one EV charger, and one Pulse smart panel. Add in five Connected outlets and 12 light switches to expand Schneider Home app control and energy savings.
Though the startup cost isn't cheap, the benefits and savings can offset it. Aside from the convenient optimization that comes with automations within the Schneider Home app, like turning different appliances off and on when certain conditions are met, using the Boost battery "saves customers money by storing solar power and using it during the night."
If you own an electric vehicle, you've probably had to upgrade from 100 amp to a 200 amp electrical service, something that could be completely saved with the addition of the Pulse smart panel, according to Faruq. "The smart electrical panel can dial down the different loads in your house," saving you from spending the extra cash on an upgrade.
Schneider Electric is planning on releasing the new smart home products in the course of 2023, with some becoming available as soon as this summer.