Friday, 2 March 2007

Do Smart Meters Reduce Energy Usage


Today's lecture talked about a disruptive technology where utilities usage is monitored and fed back to the user - imagine a graph on your TV, fed from the internet, which shows power usage (ammunition to use the washing line instead of the tumble dryer). What would be the further ramifications? Buying power from different suppliers depending on cost (marrying the Kelkoo model with the energy meter). Driving microgeneration technologies based on actual power sold back to the grid rather than the current hype around solar panels and wind turbines.

It's a way away but closer than we think - rather than saving energy per se, I believe it will be a co-enabler for other technologies to flourish or fall by the wayside.

If you want to read more, here's a great article from the BBC website. What do you all think?

4 comments:

Mike said...

Good point - I'm sure if that meter actually translated your usage into hard cash figures on the meter then this would make a difference...

Dave said...

Like that idea - you could even have the cash leaving your bank account every day - now that's REAL feedback to modify behaviour - analogous to the effect of the congestion charge reducing traffic in London?

Peter said...

Good thinking. Nice ideas. (Can't access the BBC link tho)

Minty Cheese said...

The link to the BBC website is now working...