Now that we have some of our Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) out in the wild as part of the PowerShaper service, I would like to see how the functionality of the device can be improved for our members.
The HEMS user interface is the Home Assistant system. Anyone familiar with this system will know that there are a huge number of integrations available, and infinite ways to configure the user interfaces and dashboards.
I’d like to keep the default system as simple and standardised as possible, while allowing “power users” to do what they want to extend the HEMS so it can become their main home automation and monitoring tool.
Some ideas we have here:
- Include a scheduler integration, so immersion switches or heaters can be programmed
- Include the Octopus Agile integration so systems can be automated to run when electricity is cheap
I am very interested to hear what our members and PowerShaper participants think about the HEMS, and in particular what integrations you would like to be made available.