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  • “In a study of Opower’s new behavioral demand response program, the company found some surprising and exciting results. The program costs less than traditional demand response programs, and yields more – up to five percent peak reduction.”

    Lower Cost, Up to 5% Peak Reduction: Opower Behavioral Demand Response

    November 10, 2014

  • “A summertime pilot program by customer engagement and analytics provider Opower turned up encouraging results for the grid: Even without extra economic incentive, many people will turn down the thermostat when asked.”

    If you want customers to decrease energy consumption, just ask

    October 27, 2014

  • “The company, Opower, estimates that peak power usage was reduced by around 3 percent on each day they sent e-mails. With some back-of-the-envelope calculations, they say that translates to nearly 50 peaking power plants that could be taken offline nationwide if every household with a smart meter participated in the program. 

    But there's a lesson here for everybody, too. It's not just how much energy you consume. It also matters when you consume it. ”

    It’s not just how much electricity you use. It’s also when you use it.

    October 24, 2014

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  • “Efficiency Vermont, which contracts with the state and utilities to deliver energy savings, will provide recipients of the mailings a customized report about their monthly power use compared with the energy efficiency among a sample of neighbors.”

    Efficiency Vermont to launch online tool to educate consumers

    November 14, 2014

  • Efficiency Vermont will launch a new program next week about a new online tool consumers can use to save energy and money. 

    Jim Merriam, director of the Burlington-based nonprofit, said Friday the agency will send mailings to 100,000 Vermont households Monday to educate them about getting and using information from "smart meters" toward big savings.

    Big push is on for smart meters

    November 14, 2014

  • “For many Baltimore-area residents, the start of this heating season brings a first: the first full winter of having a smart meter tally gas and electric use. 

    With heating accounting for about half of home energy consumption and electricity use a year-round worry, now is a good time to start learning to use the home energy report and other feedback generated by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. smart meter as a helpful guide.”

    How to get smart about energy usage this winter

    November 6, 2014

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