The TX Challenge: Use Less Power

When it comes to smart meters in Texas, Centerpoint Energy and Oncor are two names you may have seen before. Now these utilities are teaming up with non-profit Grid 21 to kick off  The Biggest Energy Saver Consumer Contest, which will challenge households and businesses to reduce their energy usage with the help of (you guessed it) smart meter data.

The contest kicked off on the first of this month and will run until September 30, during which participants who can reduce their energy consumption (and demonstrate how those reductions can be sustained over time) may be eligible to pick up the grand prize of a 2011 Chevy Volt, a first prize suite of GE smart kitchen appliances, or a second prize single GE smart appliance.

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image via Biggest Energy Saver

Other top “reducers” will receive Tendril In-Home Network home energy management systems.

The consumer leg of this contest is part of a larger effort involving these parties as well as San Diego Gas & Electric, and which also involves a contest for software developers in developing apps to make smart meter tech friendlier to the average Joe and Jane (and easier to access).

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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