The “smart energy home” of the near future is likely to include smart meters, vehicle-to-grid technology, home control, onsite generation and energy trading systems.
Having access to high-quality energy consumption data can give people greater understanding and control over their personal energy use. The latest in data analytics and monitoring technology can actively empower the customer to save money through improving their understanding of energy usage. However, it is critical to consider how this data can support disadvantaged groups who may be less able to understand or action the information provided by “smart meters” and complimentary energy monitoring solutions; how do we ensure that the benefits of the “smart energy home” can be enjoyed by all. More sophisticated monitoring solutions can help increase the energy efficiency and savings of homes and businesses through personalised recommendations, even continuously health-checking their current energy tariff and recommending cheaper alternatives.
Achieving this goal will see households and businesses across our City using data and analytics to save money on their total energy bills, to increase their understanding of and control over energy use and, in so doing, contributing towards a more sustainable Exeter.