26 Aug '11, 4am

IBM Tests If Smart Meters Can Prod Consumers into Using Less Energy

IBM Tests If Smart Meters Can Prod Consumers into Using Less Energy

IBM is testing how the smart grid can change consumer behavior with a project letting 1,000 households see real-time, detailed energy data. IBM has been working with Dubuque, Iowa , as part of the company's Smarter Planet initiative , a project using grid technologies to improve water and energy use in cities. Started in 2009, the partnership began with a water pilot project that installed smart water meters in volunteer homes and led to a 6.6 percent reduction in water use. Now IBM and Dubuque, a city of 60,000 people, will see how well smart electrical meters and access to energy use information can lead to conservation by informing people's behaviors. Smart meters, which can relay household energy use in frequent intervals to utilities, have been installed in 1,000 households that signed up for the six-month program. Volunteers can access IBM's Smarter Energy Cloud, a w...

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