Smart Energy Home of the Future

First Electric Cooperative upgraded an existing house with home automation technology to create a smart energy home of the future to educate members about energy savings.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, interest in connected or smart home automation technology is trending upward among consumers and manufacturers are responding with a growing list of smart products, including programmable thermostats, LED light bulbs, power strips, water heaters, solar panels and more.

“Our goal is to show our members how home automation technology can make a significant difference with energy savings. We anticipate our member saving 50 percent in energy usage just from the hybrid heat pump water heater and solar panels,” said Tonya Sexton, vice president of Marketing and Development.

“In the 1950s, First Electric educated our members on the benefits of using electric appliances. This is the modern-day version of that where we will use this smart energy home of the future to educate members on how home automation technology can help to lower their electric bill,” Sexton said.

The smart energy home of the future, located in the Base Meadows neighborhood of Jacksonville, is owned by Tori Smith.  It is a 1,670 square foot home built in 2006 and was identified among several homes that could be good candidates for energy efficiency improvements and home automation integration. Current efficiency, technology and solar viability were considered and based upon the results; the Smith’s home was chosen as the smart energy home of the future.

Home automation technologies used in the upgrade include:

  • 3.5k Solar Array donated by Today’s Power, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
  • Rheem Performance Platinum 50 gal. hybrid high efficiency smart tank water heater
  • Google Nest, smart programmable thermostat
  • Google Smart Light LED kit
  • Smart LED bulbs
  • Google Home Hub and Google Home mini smart speakers
  • Google Nest Yale door lock
  • Ring video doorbell

For more information on how to turn your home into a smart energy home of the future, contact us at 800-489-7405.


Solar Installation

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Homeowner Interview

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Integrated Smart Technology

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Programmable Thermostat

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Heat Pump Water Heater

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