The idea of Kiwigrid was born out of the daily life: Kiwigrid members built their own houses.
During spring 2007 the idea was born to build an energy-efficiency-control and automation network into the houses.
But that idea was not easy to realize:
In the field of energy efficiency only a few solutions have been exist to measure and analyze the usage of power, gas, water and heating.
Within the field of automation fully developed technologies already exist. But these technologies were very complex, expensive and only installable by a specialist.
So the idea of a reduced, internet-based platform was born: Kiwigrid is cost-saving, easy to install, measures energy flow, and controls appliances remotely.