Do Smart Energy Monitors Decrease Usage?

by Stephanie Oehler

As energy demand continues to increase, more utilities are turning to smart grids to manage larger systems and the increasingly diverse array of energy sources. The first technology implemented in a system is typically the smart meter because it allows for greater communication between utilities and consumers. Giving consumers access to usage information allows them to play a role in demand-side energy management. Smart meters have been installed in many systems around the world with the intention of increasing awareness amongst consumers regarding energy use patterns, and empowering them to change their behavior in order to lower their electricity costs, and subsequently reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Studies have revealed that smart meters Continue reading