Farmingdale State College’s Smart Energy House

Smart Energy House
Image courtesy of Farmingdale State College.

Universe announced a collaboration with Farmingdale State College () to demonstrate the future of leading edge energy conservation technologies at Farmingdale’s (SEH). The SEH was designed and equipped with the latest energy conservation and renewable energy devices. The shows how every-day homeowners can use these technologies to save money and energy, contributing toward a cleaner environment.

The partnership between Jasmine Universe and Farmingdale State College takes the Smart Energy House to its next evolution. Jasmine is a sophisticated energy management system developed for home owners and small businesses with an easy-to-use mobile app and device that empowers users to control their energy usage. Jasmine, winner of the LightPath Innovator of the Year Award for its cutting-edge energy management system, is the perfect finishing touch to the SEH, because it gives consumers convenience and control over their energy costs without changing the way they live.

“While most users are primarily interested in saving money, Jasmine was designed with a broader vision about energy conservation in mind. Saving energy helps the planet as well as budgets. Installing Jasmine at the Smart Energy House proves how easy it is to do both, creating a better future,” said Mohan Wanchoo, President and Founder of Jasmine Universe.

Jasmine transforms consumer energy use and cost by providing real-time information that allows homeowners and small businesses to easily monitor and change their appliances’ energy usage from almost anywhere in the world. Jasmine customers can automate when appliances operate, all based on immediate information from their energy provider. Forgot to turn off your air conditioner or an appliance? Now you have the peace of mind and ability to check it through the mobile app and turn it off.

“Jasmine fits in perfectly with the purpose and intention of the Smart Energy House. Consumers who understand and have an easy way to conveniently change how they use energy have a much better opportunity to help themselves and the environment,” said Dr. W. Hubert Keen, President of Farmingdale State College.

The 2,000 square foot Smart Energy House looks like a normal three-bedroom home with two floors, though it contains features all homeowners will soon desire. In addition to energy-efficient appliances, the house also has a solar thermal system that uses the sun to create hot water for daily use. The SEH is equipped with programmable window louvers that tilt with the sun allowing daylight to enter the room while still providing privacy and energy savings or to deflect heat in the summer.

The SEH also uses an inverter that can be controlled remotely and act as a backup energy system in the event of a power outage. Electric or hybrid vehicles can be recharged in the garage, and 20 solar panels provide renewable energy.

The SEH is a smart energy technology collaboration with Farmingdale State College, the U.S. Department of Energy, PSEG Long Island, Long Island Power Authority, and Stony Brook University (SUNY). Designed by the faculty and staff of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale, the SEH was constructed with the help of the college’s physical plant staff. The SEH serves as a demonstration showcase for visitors as well as an educational and research facility for students and faculty.

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