Category - Residential

26
Jan

BYOT and Behavioral Energy Efficiency

New tech, same old story New energy efficiency technologies are exciting, but tech can only work as well as its users allow. Even while the Internet of Things (IoT) keeps inching home automation toward true, integrated experience worthy of the moniker, “smart home,” issues with user behavior persist. If users aren’t educated and motivated to …

22
Dec

2016’s Safest Energy Prediction

One safe energy prediction for 2016 is that the amount of data available to utilities and their consumers will continue to increase exponentially. Utilities know the importance of data. Two years ago, Oracle Utilities published a white paper (PDF) in which they said that utilities were already aware of the advantages of data analytics. “Data analytics is …

15
Dec

How Interactive Content Helps Utilities Turn the Corner on Customer Engagement

Utilities that engage their customers see benefits. Engagement leads to information sharing and behavior changes that enable utilities to plan programs and services and to improve grid stability. Consumer engagement remains an opportunity for most utilities, with many ongoing benefits not yet realized. Back in 2013, reports showed that under a quarter (24%) of people …

18
Jun

Tesla’s Take on Technology and the Changing Utility Business Model

This blog is inspired by interesting articles found on Utility Dive and Quartz.   Business shifting utility industry Elon Musk and Tesla are constantly making the headlines – the business is creating disruption, and its real news. Tesla is fundamentally changing the economics of energy and many are asking how its innovations will impact the utility …

8
Jun

Consumer Engagement Solution to California Drought

Throughout the past several months, news outlets have informed the public of the historical water shortage in California that has just recently transformed into a crisis. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times published an article saying that statewide water conservation has improved since earlier this year but the southern counties lag behind the northern counties …

19
Aug

Which Appliances are Most Important to Unplug?

The simple answer to the question is the ones that use the most energy, but how do you know which ones want all the power? The DOE provides us with the typical wattages of various appliances, which is a great starting place. Also included in their article is a formula that will tell you how many …