We all have those days when life gets hectic, and time flies. With so many things going on, you lose track of the days, place your daily chores on hold, and forget whether or not you adjusted the settings in your home’s thermostat. Then, around the end of the month, you receive an unusually high utility bill and have no idea how in the world you spent so much. The data from a smart meter, though, you can help you better understand your energy usage without disrupting your busy lifestyle.
Unlike traditional meters that only measure total consumption, smart meters show when the energy is consumed. A smart meter is a type of gas and electricity meter that can digitally send meter readings to your energy supplier for more accurate energy bills. A smart meter has continuously available, remote, communication capabilities to record and store your energy data in 15-minute intervals and communicates that information back to your utility company. Utilities usually perform tests, often comparing side-by-side with analog meters to ensure accuracy, before installation.
In Texas, most homes already have Smart Meters installed by the utility companies. Smart Meter Texas, the state’s official data hub, stores the data recorded by these devices. Smart Meter Texas provides a convenient way in which customers can either themselves or through adequately authorized customer service providers access their consumption information.
One thing to note, though, is that the raw data from the smart meters and that in itself doesn’t tell how you use that energy. It means that they cannot explain what is using the power, how much are you wasting, or the carbon emissions associated with their usage. Realizing a gap in this kind of insight, we developed EnerWisely to show people which areas they are spending their energy on. With this personalized insight, households can more efficiently manage their energy consumption, lower their monthly bills, and reduce their impact on the planet.
EnerWisely accesses household’s energy consumption data via Smart Meter Texas at the customer’s explicit request and with their agreement. Once connected, EnerWisely combines your smart meter data with your inputs about your household’s unique lifestyle, behaviors, and home features. It is then turned into personalized insights empowering consumers to manage their energy consumption and lower their electricity bills more efficiently.
So, as life gets a little bit too busy, consider letting EnerWisely do the hard work for you and find the savings hidden in your smart meter data. EnerWisely will make the task of understanding and monitoring your energy consumption a much faster and easier one.