You might have a vague sense that your energy consumption could be smarter and somehow mediated by technology, but you’re not necessarily learning how, or acting on that knowledge. Parks Associates, a market research firm that’s been studying adoption of “smart” home energy options, notes that “more than 60 percent of the U.S. households with broadband think that saving energy and lowering utility bills are desirable, but only 19 percent have taken advantage of the energy-saving programs” and “almost 40 percent of those households are unfamiliar with the programs and services available.” [Link]
Low understanding and low adoption of smart personal energy management technologies is understandable, they’re relatively new and not mature. In the future we’ll be adding appliances to our home computer networks and managing their consumption of energy, adjusting energy-intensive processes for off-peak hours. My husband, Jon Lebkowsky, has proposed that neighborhoods and subdivisions will eventually have collaborative techologies energy management at a community level. We’ll eventually have a smart grid for intelligent management of regional energy transmission and last-mile delivery based on granular assessment of demand. You don’t know about this now, but it’ll be common knowledge in a decade.
Parks Associates just hosted a Smart Energy Summit in Austin. In June they’re sponsoring Connections, a Digital Living Conference and Showcase in Dallas.