The EDF calculates that if every home in the United States reduced energy consumption by a modest 1.8 percent, energy usage in the country would drop by more than 26,000 Gigawatt hours per year—enough saved energy to power all the homes in Colorado and Utah combined. In addition, CO2 emissions would be curbed by 8.9 million metric tons annually.
Usage data was gathered and shared via 11 gas and electric utilities servicing the meters for at least year. The data indicated that homes reduced consumption by 0.9 to 2.9 percent annually, which an average savings of 1.8 percent.
The reports notes: “The programs in the sample serve urban and rural areas, the geography spans East Coast, West Coast, and Midwestern states, and the service providers include from investor-owned utilities, coops, and municipal utilities.”
Established in 2007, OPower is a start-up offering software platforms for utilities that enable customers to access smart-meter and home-energy consumption data from a portal on a utility’s Web site. In November 2010, OPower secured $50 million in venture capital from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Accel Partners, among others.