Engaging smart home users for energy savings

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Smart home platforms and connected devices have the potential to help customers manage their energy use. If the driving factors for adoption tend to be convenience, comfort, and control, then proper coaching and engagement from the utility could provide customers with noticeable energy reductions through minimal effort.

In this paper, our experts describe how ICF is testing and implementing several strategies to help smart home adopters save energy and reduce demand:

  • Leveraging Building Energy Modeling (BEM) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) data.
  • Engaging customers and providing them tools to manage home energy use.
  • Using data analytics to build a roadmap for next generation demand-side management (DSM) programs.
Learn how utilizing an energy target has demonstrated great potential as one tool in the smart home engagement playbook.

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Meet the authors
  1. Elena Vera, Lead Energy Efficiency Consultant

    Elena has over 5 years of experience in project and program management including strategic planning, finance, and customer acquisition. View bio

  2. David Pudleiner, Energy Engineer, Building Energy Analytics

    David is an energy modeler with nearly 10 years of academic and consulting experience in improving building efficiency across industries. View bio

  3. Ahmed Bekhit, Supervisor, Energy Market Analytics

    Ahmed supports utilities by combining data and field expertise, with more than five years of experience. View bio

  4. Justin Mackovyak, Senior Director, Energy Program Implementation

    Justin leads program implementation and strategy for clients in the Mid-Atlantic region with more than 15 years’ experience.  View bio

  5. David Meisegeier, Vice President and Senior Technical Director, Energy

    David helps innovate customer-centric energy programs that meet utilities’ current and future needs, with nearly 30 years of experience in the energy industry. View bio

  6. Haider Khan, Senior Director, Energy Analytics

    With nearly 20 years of experience, Haider applies advanced energy analytics to solve complex problems for utility clients. View bio