HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CEIVA Energy, a smart home energy company, today announced results from its pilot project collaboration with Hawaii Energy, the energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties. The project, which ran from April to September, revealed that real-time energy data technologies can make a significant impact in raising awareness around energy use. Based on the project, 86 percent of the 44 pilot participants reported preferring to get real-time energy information from an in-home display (IHD) over any other communications channel, including mobile apps and a website. The same customers also concluded that the IHD helped them get to know their energy usage better.
As part of the “Smart Home” pilot, Hawaii Energy chose CEIVA Energy to provide selected participants with its Homeview customer engagement solution, which collects detailed real-time energy data directly from smart meters and presents it alongside personal photos on an IHD, as well as via a website and mobile apps. Hawaii Energy also worked with CEIVA Energy to develop compelling conservation messages that were delivered on the IHD to encourage Hawaii residents to save energy.
Hawaii Energy saw a positive customer response to the program. Along with reporting improved awareness of energy usage, participants’ additional program feedback via survey included:
- “Real-time energy information did change my thinking about energy.”
- “It’s working great. Find myself moving the IHD from room to room, turning off and on stuff to determine the energy impact.”
- “This is a great tool that has shown me a realistic breakdown of daily electricity usage.”
Technical Services Manager Kate Aurilio of Hawaii Energy commented, “Hawaii Energy was tasked by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to accelerate the Smart Grid Initiative and enhance smart meter technology benefits to electric utility customers. We are excited to have worked with Home Area Network (HAN) expert CEIVA Energy and secure technology to help residents learn about their energy use in real-time in this pilot. This collaborative project has also been greatly supported by Hawaiian Electric Companies and Silver Spring Networks. Hawaii Energy will incorporate lessons learned to facilitate smart technology as part of Hawaii’s transformation to a cleaner, more sustainable future.”
“These findings reinforce what we’ve seen in deployments around the country: personalized energy data that’s easy to understand ignites engagement around their energy use,” said Dean Schiller, CEO of CEIVA Energy. “We look forward to helping Hawaii Energy further harness the power of engaged customers to improve demand side management programs and address the tremendous energy challenges facing the state.”
Hawaii Energy collaborated with CEIVA Energy to support the Smart Grid Initiative on Oahu with this pilot project. The pilot’s goal was to provide residents with benefits from smart meter technology and a Home Area Network (HAN).
About CEIVA Energy
CEIVA Energy provides a field-proven, end-to-end utility-controlled Home Energy Management and Demand Response System that helps utilities comply with regulatory mandates to reduce energy use and engage with customers. CEIVA Entryway is a demand response management system that makes it easy for utilities to analyze home energy use, manage the smart meter HAN and deliver effective residential DR at scale. CEIVA Homeview is a complete engagement solution that enables utilities to deliver compelling real-time energy consumption data and energy efficiency messages that influence customers. For more information, please visit: http://ceivaenergy.com.
About Hawaii Energy
Hawaii Energy is the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering, LLC under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu. The program is independent of the electric utilities. Hawaii Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment. In addition to rebates, the program offers education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures. For more information, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com.