What is a Smart Meter In-Home Display (IHD)?
The Department of Energy has been working to install smart meters in homes across the country.
What are smart meters, you ask? It’s an in-home display (IHD) meter that shows consumers their electricity use in near real-time and can show consumers a forecast of their monthly usage and bill. According to an article on the HVACR News web site citing the Department of Energy’s recent survey of 500 customers, 71% of customers reported they have changed their electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they can now access on their in-home display units. The smart meter in-home display pilot program began last fall. Results from the pilot program, shows that residents surveyed:
- Adjusted their thermostats, based on information on their display, 51% of the time;
- 83% turned off lights at night when not in the room;
- 93% reported they were satisfied with the display; and
- 97% reported they will continue using it.