According to a recent report by industrial and energy market research publisher SBI Energy, washing machines are leading the consumer charge in smart appliance purchases.
Smart appliances are the next generation of home appliances that have the ability to receive, interpret, and act on a signal received from a utility, then automatically adjust their operation to save energy or perform other functions. The report finds growth and development of smart appliances represents a substantial component of the residential demand response capabilities of the Smart Grid, as well as the installation of home energy management systems.
“The global market for smart appliances will likely reach $7.7 billion in 2012,” estimates SBI analyst Darren Bosik and author of the report.
“Expansion through 2016 is expected to occur at a five-year compounded annual growth rate of nearly 8% to reach $11.3 billion.”
Washing machines are the leading segment for smart appliances, with a steep, consistent and rapid growth curve, according to the report. They will likely prove to have the greatest ROI among all consumer smart products due to their intermittent use and ability to time-defer use during off-peak periods.
“U.S. manufacturers will focus the majority of their product development efforts on washing machines through 2021,” said Bosik.
“Washing machines alone will make up roughly 2.3 million global units, of the 12 million smart appliances expected to be in production by 2021.”
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