According to the survey 83 percent of respondents reported turning off lights at night or when not in the room; over half reported adjusting the temperature on their thermostat; 93 percent report they are satisfied with their in-home display; and 97 percent of respondents say they will continue using the displays.
Kenny Mercado, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric’s division senior vice president of Regulated Operations Technology, says, “We are very excited about the performance of our system and the results received from the participants. With our smart meter deployment and intelligent grid initiative, we are not only making significant improvements to modernize our electric infrastructure, we are also giving consumers detailed consumption information to help them manage their electricity usage.”
Secretary Poneman notes, “Through the Recovery Act, the Department of Energy is helping to build a smart, efficient, secure, and reliable 21st century electrical system in Houston and across the country. Smart grid technologies like those we are seeing here today will provide families and businesses with real-time information about their energy use, helping them to save money every month.”
In the future, consumers will have the option of purchasing an in-home display. After a two-month acceptance period following the installation of a smart meter, consumers can get detailed information on their electric usage by visiting SmartMeterTexas.com.
Currently, CenterPoint Energy has installed nearly 1.5 million smart meters in its 2.2 million meter system, with deployment scheduled to be complete by mid 2012.
CenterPoint Energy is an energy delivery company that serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.