Are We Wrong about Households and Energy Efficiency?

We’ve been hearing for a long time that households aren't interested in energy efficiency gadgets. Give consumers the choice between an electronic toy for the home and a smart thermostat, and they take the toy, right? Turns out, we may not give consumers enough credit. Automated devices that save energy (and money) are now the most popular … [Read more...]

You Are Cordially Invited to a Texas Demand Response Party. BYOT.

We’ve all been invited to BYOB parties, but how about bring-your-own-thermostat? That’s one way to describe an unusual demand response program Austin Energy is testing for homeowners. It’s what Austin Energy refers to as a “retail up” program, one where the utility does not install smart devices in the home, but finds and uses those that the … [Read more...]