Pilot Users Satisfied with Energy Displays

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. 


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  • Anonymous

    AUDITS OF SMART METER PROGRAMS SHOW NO ENERGY CHANGE

    Pilot programs give customers FOR FREE up to $6,000 worth of equipment,
    appliances, etc that are NOT given to customers in the full roll out. 
    Customers would have to spend their own $6,000 and more to buy appliances that
    communicate by wireless with the meters and buy their own real time monitors
    that show real time use, which smart meters do NOT.

    In every single audit of smart meter roll outs after a year or more, there are
    NO energy savings.

    Also, almost NO ONE is even looking at their smart meter information on the
    utility website because it is MORE DIFFICULT to learn how to use that past
    information to change today’s energy use than it is to simply learn how to
    reduce your energy by turning off lights and plugging appliances into power
    strips with on/off switches to eliminate the phantom draws of electricity when
    appliances are plugged directly into the wall.

    And since the smart meters cost about $300 each (paid for by customers within
    their utility bills) and the utility infrastructure to support those meters
    (again paid for by customers) is $$$ Billions of dollars, the Cost-Benefit of
    these smart meters for customers is a DISASTER.

    The utility companies save the cost of meter reader employees and do NOT share those
    savings with customers, so Utility companies LOVE the meters and promote them
    with false advertisements and enthusiasm.  And more jobs are lost.

    Unfortunately, otherwise reasonable people repeat those false advertised claims
    with confidence. 

    Note that this article did not even quantify the benefits within the PILOT
    program versus the cost of the PILOT program per household, because if they
    did, it would be simple to see the $$$ costs, which will be laid onto customers
    during the full roll out, dramatically exceeds any pilot benefits, which do NOT
    occur within the full roll out.

  • Anonymous

    MUST-SEE 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI

  • Anonymous

    SMART METERS LINKED TO CANCER.

    A. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION on May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (and some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List along with DDT and Lead.
    http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

    B. The National Institute of Health months ago found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.
    http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

    C. Laboratory Scientists have observed
    (1) Human Cell Damage
    (2) DNA Chain Breaks
    (3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than that emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters.

    So MANDATORY installation of Wireless smart meters on people’s homes has to STOP.

    Because Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user’s discretion, that is a different issue.

    1. WIRELESS SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
    Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes).
    http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/

    2. WIRELESS SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS.
    Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes).
    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946

    3. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.
    2-page Press Release:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release

    4. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME ONCE ACTIVE IN THE UTILITY SYSTEM SHOWS RADIATION BURST PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home.  Laboratory tests of meters NOT active in system can show much less activity.
    Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OE

  • Anonymous

    Finally – Inexpensive Real-Time Energy Monitors are Available WITHOUT using a Smart Meter.

    So with the Energy Monitor, we can get all the information that we might want and NOT have to pay the $300 for the smart meter or the $ Billions of dollars for the Utilities smart meter infrastructure.

    If you want to buy and eat a bag of peanuts (Energy monitor), you do NOT have to pay for an elephant (Smart meter) to eat your bag of peanuts.

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