09 Feb '12, 3pm

The Home Energy Doctor Goes Mobile and Connected

The Home Energy Doctor Goes Mobile and Connected

North American utilities are spending about $6 billion per year to try to get their customers to stop wasting energy, a tab that includes everything from fluorescent light bulb giveaways to whole-home retrofit rebates. But the biggest energy saving projects also tend to be the most expensive -- and require the most hands-on work. We’re talking about “building shell” improvements like insulation and windows, as well as the systems that heat and cool the building. Before that happens, somebody -- a utility worker, an energy auditor, a contractor, or the like -- will have to spend a significant amount of time talking the homeowners through the process. It would be nice if those door-to-door work crews could have access to real-time data from home smart meters, utility back-office systems and other sources to help make the most of those visits. It would be even better if those...

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