Living Perfection with the Vantage Energy Management Solution

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The energy management space is really crowded, and the pace of innovation is hard to keep up with.  While researching the various options on the market, I saw an opportunity to learn what one company's doing.  Vantage, a long-time provider of home automation solutions for luxury homeowners, is located down the road in Orem, Utah, and the company just released a new Energy Management Solution.  It's designed to save homeowners upwards of $600 – $1,500 per year, and the Vantage was kind enough to give me a tour of their offices to see how the solution works.

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Vantage tells me they have the only solution on the market today that shows homeowners the actual kilowatt hours and dollars they're saving in real-time.  They do this by installing a separate power meter, which is hooked into the rest of the system. 

All this information is available on the interface dashboard (shown above), which you can customize.  The top left quadrant shows the home's actual electrical use.  If you're using too much electricity, use one of the strategies in the lower left quadrant to cut energy use.  Sweep off all lights.  Modify the temperature.  Dim the lights.  Harvest daylighting.  Use the lower right quadrant to adjust the indoor temperature or get a five-day weather forecast.  Use the upper right quadrant to see what you're spending and saving. 

Interfaces come in all shapes and sizes, and you can have as many of these as you like.  In addition to the interface, the Energy Management Solution includes all of the following components:

  1. Software that is uploaded to the Vantage system;
  2. A separate power meter quickly installed by the dealer;
  3. New ranges of occupancy and ambient light sensors; and
  4. Wired and wireless interfaces that integrate with window treatments.

Importantly, the lights, entertainment center, and window treatments are all connected and accessible on the interface dashboard.  If you want to turn everything off, you can do that.  If you're at work, and you want to surprise your spouse at home, you can go online and turn on the entertainment system.  You can program the system to sweep off at 8 pm and 11 pm, or whatever, just to make sure everything turns off.  It's all connected …

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So, with the Energy Management Solution, you could possibly see annual energy efficiency savings in the following areas:

  • 5 – 15% – Measurement / real-time feedback
  • 5 – 15% – Lighting (on / off motion sensing and dimming)
  • 5 – 15% – Shade control
  • 5 – 15% – HVAC control

To get a price, you'll have to contact one of their thousands of trained dealers.  I'll tell you this, though: the system is not cheap.  It's a comprehensive solution designed to work with a lot of different components.  If you're serious about having an energy management system, give Vantage a look.  I was impressed from start to finish. 

Photo credits: Vantage


  • Dan

    An ePaper display would have been a far greener option than one that needs backlighting.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Is there an option for ePaper that’s touch operated?

      Also, as you can see with the bottom graphic, there’s an interface that doesn’t use a computer screen or tablet, but it runs on 3-4 smart buttons powered with various LED lights. This could be a good option.

      • Anonymous

        ePaper is a great green idea. The current options are a backlit touchscreen, PC, portable smart device, and keypad.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty cool. I like how they offer pre-programmed energy saving choices.

    I hope we eventually get to a point where every home has something similar to this.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, we think a similar concept has merit for every home.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this is pretty awesome. If all homes were built with this–maybe even adding some sort of mechanism that allowed some devices like home lighting or indoor Lighting to be unplugged entirely–it would be such a step forward for saving Earth.

    • Anonymous

      We can’t “unplug” devices but we can intelligently shut them off intelligently or manually from anywhere.

  • http://mportlandhomes.com/ M Realty

    Very cool. I wonder how well it could be automated and tied into a home automation system. I would also want it tied into a central home server somehow (mac of course).

    -Tyler

    • Anonymous

      Good question. This is part of a home automation system. Vantage has been in the home automation business for over 20 years. We provide automation and control of lighting, HVAC, security, audio & video, energy, etc. Our system has a dedicated central server.

  • http://www.nexyoo.com/ Nexyoo

    This looks like a great little product that really allows you to maximize the energy spent to power your home. The interface looks very easy and friendly to use also.

  • Anonymous

    I hear Maxim Lighting is going to use their indoor lighting tech to work with this.

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