Energy Management Needed By Consumers?

The Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) has analyzed data from a recent survey and found that many consumers are not aware of home energy management systems. According to the CEA, less than 10% of households are enrolled in programs that reign in electricity use.

One way people can lower their energy use is to install a programmable display that will regulate the air condition and heat systems in their home, and the hope is that in the future smart grid and smart meter technology will advance to the point when individuals can remotely control appliances, electric vehicle charging, and more to try and keep utility bills low.

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The study also found that utility companies have some steps to take in order to provide information to their ratepayers as well as provide practical solutions, as CEA found that those consumers who have enrolled in energy management programs, on average, do not have lower monthly bills than those who haven’t signed up for the programs.

CEA also found that, as we’ve noted before, most consumers are unaware of the smart grid and its potential benefits and negative effects. Similarly, the organization says most people are far more concerned with lowering their bills than they are reducing energy use. It seems there are several issues that still need to be resolved, but education about electricity, where it comes from, how its rates may change, and what can be done to lower use and therefore cost – that’s the biggest.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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  • Reply June 10, 2011


    nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnMISREPRESENTATIONSnOF WIRELESS SMART METERS.nnThe utility information generated by Wireless smart meters is NOT real-time andnit is NOT formatted for customer use so it does NOT assist customers to usenless energy or lower their utility bills.u00a0nThe information only assists the Utility Company to bill customers andnshut off customer power remotely.nnIn countries where Wireless smart meters are being installed, energy use is NOTndecreasing, customer UTILITY BILLS ARE INCREASING, there are problems with SECURITY,nHACKING, ELECTRICAL FIRES & ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE.nnnnThe Utility companies are salivating over eliminating the jobs of thenfull-time-with-benefit meter reader employees and replacing them with phonenoperators in India and the Philippines who read scripts to customers over thenphone for $4 per day with NO Benefits.nnnu00a0nnnWirelessnsmart meters are NOT mandated by the US Federal Energy Program, as Californiau2019snPG pretends.nn42 Cities & Counties in California have taken positions AGAINST Wirelessnsmart meters and 13 have passed Ordinances prohibiting the Wireless meters.nnnu00a0nnnALSO:nevery appliance has or will have its own electronic signature, so yes, Wirelessnsmart meters will give the exact information to the utility company and thengovernment every move you make in your home.u00a0nExisting analog meters only provide total usage and therefore protectnyour privacy.u00a0 High-tech home robbersnwill also hack this information and know exactly your habits and when you arennot home.nnnn

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