Even if you only watch the news with one eye, no one will have failed to notice that a lot is changing in the way energy bills are calculated. In addition to saving energy, making optimal use of your own generated solar energy is becoming increasingly important for keeping your energy bill under control. Market leaders Niko and SMA Solartechnology AG (SMA) have joined forces to offer a solution to reduce energy bills and automate self-consumption.
By linking the Niko Home Control wireless smart hub to both the digital meter and the SMA Sunny Boy and Sunny Tripower inverters, you gain insight into your total energy consumption, the production of your solar panels and your self-consumption. For each desired time period, you can see how much your solar panels have generated, how much of that was injected into the grid and how much you consumed directly yourself. "So via the Niko Home app, you immediately know at what times it is best to start your dishwasher or charge your electric car," says Bart Van Remortel, Product Manager at Niko. "In addition, smart energy alerts send the user a notification when there is extremely high energy consumption or injection of solar energy into the grid."
To use this solution, you need a digital meter, the wireless smart hub from Niko Home Control and a compatible SMA Sunny Boy or SMA Sunny Tripower inverter. For the compatible inverters, go to partners-energy. The wireless smart hub and any add-ons, such as smart plugs, connected sockets, detectors, switches or dimmers, are available from your installer, electrical specialist shop or online shop.