A quick update on Smarter Utilities

This week we announced the results of another smart grid pilot project here in North Carolina.  IBM and our partner Consert worked to install energy management devices on specific appliances at each location – such as hot water heaters, pool pumps, HVAC, etc.  – to give consumers the ability match the device power consumption to their use.   For example – why not turn off the hot water heater when no one is home all day!

The pilot was run for 100 residential and business customers of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, the local utility.  The result – customers were able to reduce their consumption by ~20% in the first month!

Here’s a good overview at the NY Times Green Inc Blog – check it out!

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