As it turns out, with near real-time feedback, most electricity consumers will take action to reduce energy usage, according to information released by CenterPoint Energy.  CenterPoint conducted a pilot program with 300 Texas customers using a simple in-home display (IHD) wirelessly connected to a smart meter.  Consumers used the IHD to obtain electricity usage data and a forecast of monthly usage and costs, spurring them to turn off lights, adjust the indoor temperature, and switch to energy-saving light bulbs.

More specifically, CenterPoint Energy found the following:

  • 83% of pilot responders reported turning off unused lights
  • 51% of pilot responders reported adjusting the temperature on their thermostat
  • 93% of pilot responders were satisfied with their IHD
  • 97% of pilot responders reported they will continue using the IHD

The Install ↓↓

91% found that setting up the IHD was “easy” or “very easy.”

Improvement Actions ↓↓

34% switched to better light bulbs; 15% installed a programmable thermostat.

Planned Actions ↓↓

40% will purchase Energy Star appliances based on IHD feedback.

Going Forward ↓↓

84% will “definitely” keep using the IHD.

[PDF] In-Home Display Pilot Results, July 26, 2011.

Credits: CenterPoint Energy.