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Energyhub, based in Brooklyn, New York, has designed a home energy dashboard using Solidworks software that can help homeowners to lower their energy bills.

The Energyhub dashboard combines the functionality of a home energy display and a programmable thermostat.

Homeowners can control their energy usage from the furnace to the last mobile phone charger.

The dashboard is said to serve as the consumer face to the smart grid.

Energyhub used the Solidworks software to design the touch-screen device, incorporate off-the-shelf parts, integrate electronic circuitry and communicate with partners.

Stephan von Muehlen, design director and co-founder of Energyhub, said: ‘The design challenge was to make the dashboard elegant, user friendly and simple so consumers could reap all the efficiencies that technology can offer.

‘We quickly and intuitively executed all the industrial design, mechanical design and electronic integration with Solidworks.

‘Since Solidworks is an industry standard, it was easy to exchange files, whether in Step, IGES or native Solidworks form,’ he added.

Von Muehlen used Sustainabilityxpress, included in Solidworks 2010, to help ensure that parts and materials made the lowest possible environmental footprint while still satisfying business objectives.

Users can boil multifaceted energy decisions down to commands such as ‘at home’, ‘goodnight’ and ‘away’.

They can also access data and control their home via the web.

Utilities can send messages to Energyhub owners and help them to compare their usage against that of their communities.

The Energyhub dashboard is in pilot programmes with utilities throughout the US and will be sold through a variety of channels, including utilities, OEM partners, big box stores, e-commerce sites and service providers such as electricians.

The company relies on authorised Solidworks reseller Cimquest for ongoing software training, implementation and support.

SolidWorks, a Dassault Systemes SA brand, is a world leader in 3D solutions.

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