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.
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.