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How Smart is Your House?

June 13, 2005

Pictured is my digital electric meter. The meter is also hooked up to our broadband connection, so our usage is reported to the utility on an hourly basis, making tiered electric pricing possible. In short, by shifting our electric load to non-peak demand times, we can buy electricity for much less (see following pricing chart).

Two years ago, I enrolled in the Westchester $mart Homes Pilot Program. Its goal is to promote and provide for the efficient use of energy and in turn protecting the environment and natural resources. This is accomplished by means of:

1. Conservation – reduction of energy waste through energy-efficient appliances, windows, etc.

2. Load-Shifting – limiting demand and exposure to high market costs by performing energy-intensive activities at different times

3. Awareness – Simply making people aware of their energy use and its consequences and enabling them to make informed decisions will shape the way energy is generated over the next number of years.

Unfortunately, this was just a pilot program and is no longer being offered by ECONnergy. But, what if demand for incentive based programs like this really increased? Perhaps a metering system like this could be made available again to the residents of Westchester County. So, I've included a copy of the daily email that I receive with the electric rates for the next day for review.

If you're interested in this method of power conservation, try using the contact information and links below to express your interest in the program.

Westchester Smart Homes Pilot Project daily e-mail

The following rates apply to tomorrow: Monday, June 13, 2005

(Rates are rounded to the tenth of a cent.)

The morning rate is: $0.113
The afternoon rate is: $0.165
The evening rate is: $0.129
The overnight rate is: $0.085

To view your usage and charges go to

Have you registered to view your usage? If not please go to

Questions or Comments? E-mail us at or call our Customer Service Department at (877) 326-6808

Morning - 6:00AM - 11:00AM
Afternoon - 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Evening - 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Overnight - 12:00AM - 6:00am and 10:00PM to 12:00AM

You can save money if you shift and save energy!

On June 21, 2005 9:44 PM, Leo Wiegman said:

Great article. Thanks for posting it. Let’s find out if the pilot program is going to become permanent.

On June 13, 2005 10:00 AM, SSmith said:

excellent article. it would be nice if our local utilities would offer tiered pricing for use. who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that? i’m sure it would influence more indirect conservation through load shifting and altering people’s energy use habits. far too much energy is wasted on things little things like leaving lights or a tv on in an unoccupied room.

i sent an email to the link given to see if a similar program is available or being planned.

wouldn’t it be great if the village could do something like this program in the future with our water meters?


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