Smart energy meters give us the control over our consumption
Smart meters are tools used to manage and record electricity and performance of electronic devices in our homes. What makes them “smart” is their ability to provide detailed and accurate analytics on electrical usage in real-time or at predetermined intervals, all without a technician.
Smart meters measure how much gas and electricity we are using, what it is costing us and display it on a handy in-home display, so we can wave goodbye to complicated meter readings. They show us digital meter readings and automatically send them to our energy supplier, at least once monthly, so we receive accurate, not estimated bills.
These devices come in two parts and get installed by our energy supplier. On an in-home display we are able to read how much energy we are using in real time ,how much energy was used in the past hour, week and month (and what it costed), whether our electricity use is high, medium or low, various updates for electricity in near real time and every half hour for gas. If we choose a pre-payed device, it will also show us how much credit we have left, how much emergency credit we have, our debt balance (if we have one), if our credit is getting low etc.
The data about our energy usage is strongly protected by law. Only we have control over it, including the right to decide how often our smart meter sends data to our energy supplier (monthly is minimum, daily or half-hourly are optional), whether to share data with other organisations like price comparison websites, if our supplier can use your meter readings for sales and marketing purposes. These devices were designed in consultation with the top security experts, and can only measure the amount of energy you use. Personal details like your name, address and bank account details are not stored on, or transmitted by, your smart meter.
Just a few of the advantages for Consumers of smart meters are a far greater and more detailed feedback regarding energy use and the ability to adjust habits in order to lower electricity bills. But they also reduce the number of blackouts and system-wide electricity failures, eliminate manual monthly meter readings, monitor the electric system in real time, encourage more efficient use of power resources, provide responsive data for balancing electric loads while reducing blackouts, enable dynamic pricing, avoid the capital expense of building new power plants and help to optimize the profit with existing resources.
Nowadays we can transform our house or apartment into an easy-to-use smart home, with a little help of a smart home control system that will instantly gain control over all our smart home products via just a single app and display that gets installed in a place of any light switch. No more hubs, ugly wires, countertop clutter, or switching multiple apps.
Qubino is a family of innovative Z-Wave devices, many of them the smallest of their kind. The brand offers some breakthrough innovations and 100% quality control. The Qubino devices are simple to install and use, but also extremely versatile. They offer a wealth of additional features and parameters for us to play with.
The Z-Wave protocol is an interoperable, wireless, RF-based communications technology, designed specifically for control, monitoring, and status reading applications in residential and light commercial environments. Mature, proven, and broadly deployed (with over 50 million products sold worldwide), Z-Wave is by far the world market leader in wireless control, bringing affordable, reliable, and easy-to-use ‘smart’ products to millions of people in every aspect of daily life.
The perfect example of an excellent wireless switch controller, offered by this brand, used for a home remote control is the Qubino Flush Shutter that has the option of combining with a digital temperature sensor (sold separately), which means we can create complex scenarios and control any device relative to a set temperature range. It also acts as a Z-Wave repeater, to improve the range and stability of the Z-Wave network.
The Qubino Flush Shutter can be used in many different scenes, which can help us make our life a lot more comfortable. Installed behind a wall switch, it can remotely control outdoor and indoor venetian blinds, outdoor and indoor screens, rollers, curtains and vertical window blinds. It can remotely measure room temperature, remotely control projector screen and retractable awnings, monitor and report energy consumption of connected devices in real time to our smart home app (our gateway needs to support this feature). If connected with other devices in our network it can remotely and automatically trigger another Z-Wave device and have other Z-Wave devices trigger it.
Being the smallest Z-Wave Shutter controller in the world, the Qubino Flush Shutter allows the easiest and quickest installation possible. Because of its small size, it fits smoothly in even the smallest, most shallow and crowded flush mounting boxes, often stuffed with lots of electrical cables, where every millimetre counts.