Survey results from a 500 participant smart meter In-Home Display pilot program in Houston have been released. The survey conducted by electric transmission and distribution subsidiary, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric showed the following results:
- 71% of customers reported that they have changed their electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they accessed on their in-home displays.
- 83% of respondents reported turning off lights at night or when not in the room,
- 51% of respondents reported adjusting the temperature on their thermostat,
- 93% of respondents reported they are satisfied with their in-home display, and
- 97% of respondents reported they will continue using it.
Consumers who have already received their smart meter can access their electric consumption information. by visiting SmartMeterTexas.com.
In the future, consumers will have the option of purchasing an in-home display, providing them with up-to-the-minute usage information. The survey responses from the pilot show that this type of real-time data can have a significant impact on consumers’ energy use behavior.
In addition, smart meters are read remotely, minimizing the need to go house-to-house. Smart meters will also automatically notify CenterPoint Energy about outages to help the company restore power more efficiently. CenterPoint Energy has installed nearly 1.5 million smart meters in its 2.2 million meter system. The company is scheduled to complete deployment in mid 2012. By automating routine transactions, these new smart meters have eliminated more than 1 million service visits by employees in vehicles since 2009.
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