Smart Home Energy Management Systems Version 1
EPA has finalized the development of the ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Version 1.0 specification, which establishes required energy-saving SHEMS features designed to deliver cost savings as well as user convenience. These features include reliable occupancy-based control of connected devices, user feedback and display of energy use data, limiting the standby power of required devices, and the inclusion of an ENERGY STAR certified connected thermostat. The specification requires periodic submission of statistical analysis of field data gathered from installations of the certified SHEMS package. EPA will use this data to affirm specification compliance, develop a performance metric, and assess energy savings potential in the coming years. Partners can find out about certifying their SHEMS packages by viewing the resources on the SHEMS for partners page.
The SHEMS Version 1.1 amendment was finalized on February 22, 2021. Documents relating to the amendment process and historical documents for the development of the Version 1.0 specification are below. Partners and other interested parties with questions or concerns regarding these materials may contact SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov.
EPA revised the specification to clarify standby power requirements for home energy load monitoring devices.
EPA is holding a series of webinars to answer questions from stakeholders regarding the new SHEMS program. The schedule, registration links, and more information can be found here. Recordings will be posted following each session.
October 16, 2019: Making Sense of the SHEMS Program for Service Providers and Device Manufacturers
October 30, 2019: Making Sense of the SHEMS Program for Retailers
November 13, 2019: Working Toward Smart Efficiency: An Overview of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Specification for Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors
December 4, 2019: Making Sense of the SHEMS Program for the SHEMS Program for Home Builders
EPA, Alarm.com, Efficiency Vermont, and Lockheed Martin presented on smart home energy management systems at the 2018 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting on September 6, 2018.
EPA held a webinar on July 11, 2018 to discuss the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Discussion Guide.