American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Smart Hardware Not Enough Says New Report

The United States government estimates that 40 million United States homes could have smart meters by 2015, ufive times the number currently deployed. But a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) says hardware alone is not enough. Consumers could cut their household electricity use as much as 12 percent and save $35 billion or more over the next 20 years if, and only if, American utilities employ energy-use feedback tools to get consumers more involved in the process of using less energy.