Efficiency Vermont and Sense Conduct Pilot Study of Advanced Home Energy Monitoring
Sense offers a home energy and awareness monitor that, combined with Efficiency Vermont programs and services, can transform how customers understand their own energy use and continuously encourage them to beat their "personal best" in saving energy.
After the first 6 months, the findings from pilot households indicate new electric savings potential of more than 8 percent, which, if achieved, would lead to an average annual cost savings of
Using Sense, homeowners can monitor their energy use and solar production by day, week, month or billing cycle and receive alerts notifying them if they are on track to meet their goals. The Sense monitor is installed in a home's electrical panel and uses machine learning to identify a home's individual devices such as refrigerators, microwaves, dehumidifiers, garage doors, and roof-top solar panels. This enables homeowners to track down sources of inefficiency in their home.
"With Sense, consumers have new insights into their homes and lives," said
Customizing the Vermont Experience
Energy efficiency is the first of many benefits that this new technology could offer to customers in
To help Vermonters maximize their ability to save energy and money, the pilot study explores the effect of customizing the Sense experience for Vermonters. As participants learn more about how their home is using energy, they also receive specific information about how to reduce their usage and are connected to resources like Efficiency Vermont programs to help them take action.
"It won't be long before smart home technologies like Sense will be as ubiquitous as smart phones," said Efficiency Vermont Director
The Sense pilot is an example of how Efficiency Vermont seeks out the next wave of energy efficiency technologies and services, works directly with manufacturers and suppliers, and engages with contractors and installers to make sure
By working closely with Sense, Efficiency Vermont, and partner utilities can shape the user experience for Vermonters, so that along with real-time information about the energy performance of their home, they receive tips and tools that will empower them to save more money.
About Efficiency Vermont
Sense's mission is to make all homes intelligent by keeping people informed about what's happening in their homes, and helping to make them safer, more efficient, and more reliable. Founded in 2013 by pioneers in speech recognition, Sense uses machine learning technology to provide real-time insights on device behavior, even for those devices that are not "smart." Customers rely on Sense for a wide range of uses including checking what time their kids get home, monitoring their home appliances, determining whether they left appliances running or doors open and identifying how to reduce their energy costs. Sense is headquartered in