The company launches the first home energy solutions made from recycled ocean plastics.
Schneider Electric unveiled the latest innovations in sustainable smart homes at CES 2022 as part of its commitment to address growing demand. for resilient and sustainable home energy solutions. These recently revealed innovations include the industry’s first plugs and switches made from ocean materials and new enhancements to the award-winning Wiser Energy Center.
The need for a low-carbon future is undeniable and now is the time to act on a climate change strategy. The introduction of new technologies and changes in consumption patterns will reduce global levels of CO2 emissions by 30% by 2050.
According to a recent survey by Schneider Electric, 85% of people believe that energy efficiency is the most important aspect of improving their homes, and more than half (53%) believe that it is the responsibility of people to reduce carbon emissions . With households expected to be the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, consumers are demanding innovative solutions that give them control over how energy is produced, stored and distributed in the home.
“Last year saw more stress on our homes than at any time in recent history, from wildfires and temperature blackouts to snow and ice causing outages across the network. It’s no wonder that people are not only willing, but ready, to take the challenges of climate change into their own hands, “said YiFu Qi, executive vice president of the Household and Distribution Division at Schneider Electric. “Consumers realize the value of creating not only a smart home, but also a smart and sustainable one, and our focus on innovation is empowering consumers to make a real change in their homes today.”
Smart, Safe and Rugged Home Power Delivery
The latest generation of the Wiser Energy Center, anchored by the Square D ™ Energy Center in the US, helps meet future global sustainability goals for the home by conveniently providing smart, safe and resilient energy. Consumers now have full control over how energy is produced, stored and distributed in their homes. They can also switch from utility power sources to alternative power sources, including batteries, solar power, or generators, to improve energy endurance, optimize energy use, and reduce costs.
-New features allow non-utility energy resources to be optimized in the event of a power outage.
-The new functionality creates a critical load virtual panel for each backup power source, maximizing available power until utility power is restored.
-Energy Center’s monitoring and control capabilities allow homeowners to reduce their home’s energy consumption and electric heating / cooling costs by up to 50%.
Creating energy solutions for the home from recycled ocean plastics
Debuting at CES 2022, Schneider Electric is the first company to offer recycled ocean plastic solutions that create a truly functional circular economy. Customers in select markets can now contribute to reducing ocean pollution by choosing sustainable products, including switches, sockets and frames, without compromising durability and style.
-The product range includes a switch made from polyamide fishing nets, collected from the coast of India and the Arabian Sea and features the Ocean Plastic logo.
-The product comes in sustainable packaging, eliminating all single-use plastic and non-recyclable materials from the packaging process.
-The product range is the first in the industry to receive the international Cradle to Cradle Silver certification for responsible product design and steps towards a continuous circular economy.
-Fishing nets account for almost 10% of all plastic waste found in the sea: this new model from Merten contributes to reducing the 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets that remain in the ocean each year and is the first step to take more sustainable this range of products.