24 Feb '12, 8pm

Home Energy Tech Yields Big Energy Savings — or None at All: There’s a lot of argument in the smart grid indus...

There’s a lot of argument in the smart grid industry about just how effective home energy management technologies are in actually getting homeowners to save energy. Now the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has a new survey that shows that real-world results can vary widely, from up to 20 percent savings to nothing at all. ACEEE surveyed nine pilots in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland, all using different combinations of technology and customer rate structures. The top-scoring project was in Northern Ireland and yielded an average 19.5 percent reduction by combining real-time power use feedback with customer prepayment plans -- an indication that people who’ve already paid for their power are likely to keep a closer eye on how they’re using it. In contrast, two projects ACEEE surveyed actually yielded no average efficiency benefits at all, even though they also de...

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