The panels are the result of a development effort between GE and OpenPeak, Inc, a communications technology developer. The device looks like a tabletop picture frame and can be placed virtually anywhere within a home.
With information from GE smart meters combined with dynamic pricing programmes from utilities, the panel can tell consumers the best times to perform high-energy-consumption tasks, such as drying clothes, running pool pumps and washing dishes.
The panels can be programmed to control smart appliances, thermostats and heating and cooling devices – reacting to pricing and demand changes instantly.
Ricardo Cordoba, President of GE Energy Western Europe and North Africa, says: “As part of our smart grid suite of offerings, the panels will empower consumers to better manage their energy usage based on real-time information. The panels will connect consumers with the knowledge they need to be better energy stewards and take charge of their energy use and carbon footprint.”