3 Utility Companies + 1 Online Tool = Customers and Businesses Saving $ and energy!

Wed. January 18, 2012: Three utility companies (Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Pacific Gas,) announced, on Wednesday, that they are launching a web-based tool to assist their customers in saving energy and money.

Take a moment and read the full article that was printed in the Los Angeles Times:

 

Utilities unveil online tool to help customers save energy

Saving energy -- and cashThree California utilities are launching an online tool to help customers save energy — and money.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

 

By Nancy Rivera BrooksJanuary 18, 2012, 2:48 p.m.

Three big California power utilities are launching a Web-based tool to help their customers save energy – and money.

Called “Green Button,” the online tool unveiled Wednesday by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric will allow consumers and businesses to see how much electricity they’re using and to download the data so that they can figure out how to use less.

SDG&E and PG&E are in the process of rolling out the energy-information program for their 6 million customers, and Edison will follow later this year for its 4 million customers, the companies said. The utilities are responding to a challenge issued last September by the White House to allow customers more access to their own energy data.

The utilities say they’re hoping that customers will be able to better respond to how their consumption changes over the day, week and seasons using the data along with smart meters, which transmit energy usage information in real time. The idea is to spur entrepreneurs to create programs and devices that will incorporate customers’ usage data to help them conserve both energy and cash.

The Green Button project “is one of many initiatives designed to offer our customers choice, convenience and control,” Ted Reguly, SDG&E’s director of customer programs and assistance, said in a statement.

The three utilities are the first in the nation to adopt the technology, which uses a cloud platform developed by Tendril, a Boulder, Colo.-based company.

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Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times

Use Energy-Efficient Chargers… It will soon be the law!

On January 12, 2012, the state of California passed a vote to required device manufacturers to only ship energy-efficient handset chargers. This law is on track to be implamented in February 2013 and is anticipated to save households money on their electricity bills. Read Slash Gear’s  full article below:

 

The eco-friendly state of California has just passed a unanimous vote requiring device manufacturers to ship energy-efficient handset chargers starting 2013. This new requirement applies to all cellphones, tablets, and hundreds of other electronic devices. The new law was passed by the California Energy Commission with a 3-0 vote despite objections from electronics makers.

 

The CEC says that these power-sapping chargers waste as much as 60 percent of the electricity they consume. Many of these chargers also continue to draw power from an outlet even when a device is not attached. There is an estimated 170 million of these so called “vampire” chargers and they account for up to 13 percent all the power used in California.

The CEC believes that this new regulation can save enough electricity to power 350,000 homes. It’s expected to save residential and commercial electricity customers a total of $306 million each year. The new standard will take effect February 1, 2013.