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How smart meter data helped cut building energy consumption

Commercial real estate company Colliers International used smart meter data to cut energy consumption in a Canadian buildings it manages by 26%. In a case study of how smart meters deployed in British Columbia have helped cut energy consumption in commercial property, Colliers International reports how they used the online portal MyHydro, supplied by Canadian electric utility BC Hydro to all customers, to track usage data.

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Now utilities can tell customers how much energy each appliance uses

It must be at least a decade since I first heard the idea of “disaggregating” electric bills. The idea back then was to “listen” for the electric signatures of different appliances and gradually figure out which appliances were using how much power. Now a variation on this theme is in operation, as you will read in this guest editorial from Salim Popatia of Ecotagious. You’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s good enough in your territory. But I agree with his premise that this level of detail — this ability to see which devices in your home or business are consuming the most electricity — can be a powerful tool and motivator for customers.   Continue Reading →

Five tips to engage utility customers

Once upon a time, electric utilities and their customers lived in a world with little need to interact except over billing and power outages. Over the last few years, that has changed dramatically. Government mandates to reduce peak loads, modernize the grid and engage customers have utilities scrambling to become more dynamic and better support their customers’ lives.

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More than half of smart meter customers have reduced their energy bills

More than half (54 per cent) of households that have a smart meter installed have seen their energy bills fall, according to research by British Gas. The study also revealed that 64 per cent of those that had recorded a saving had reduced their annual energy bill by up to £75. The report also stated that nine out of ten smart meter customers are now taking “simple steps” to reduce their energy usage.  Continue Reading →