Owners of KB homes now have more control over their utility bills with new energy-monitoring systems that track energy consumption in real time. The Wiser home management systems from Schnieder Electric are now a standard feature on all KB homes. Homeowners can use their mobile devices and home computers to access a Web-based portal that enables them to track their home’s energy use in dollars and kilowatts as often as hourly. Homeowners also can upgrade the system to include remote doors, lighting, thermostat, and security system control, as well as add smart plugs that monitor specific items such as appliances and computers. With the system, homeowners are able to track their home’s energy performance and make adjustments to reduce energy consumption or make better use of their home’s energy-conserving features. KB homes are Energy Star certified and are equipped with WaterSense fixtures. “This system is a sign of our times,” says KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger. “Not only do consumers want ‘smart’ phones, they want ‘smart’ homes as well.” | Read More