Category: Metering

Faster, smarter, cheaper: Part 2, what, me worry?

23 June, 2010 (13:53) | Apartments, Electricity, Energy, Green, Innovations, Metering, Rental, Technology, US News, Utilities |

By: David A. Smith    In yesterday’s post, we were introduced, via a Wall Street Journal article, to a coming attraction in residential property – homes and apartments – very smart meters that enable utilities to price energy (especially electricity) dynamically, charging you more at peak times, less when lower capacity is being used.   […]

Faster, smarter, cheaper: Part 1, why it’s better

22 June, 2010 (13:27) | Apartments, Electricity, Energy, Green, Innovations, Metering, Rental, Technology, US News, Utilities | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith    What’s the price of a hotel room?  Depends on when you want to stay.   Boldly staying where no one stayed before   What’s the price of a tomato or an ear of corn?  Depends on what month it is, and how the crop is doing.   What do they […]

Don’t get smart with me-ter: Part 2, the cost of knowing

17 March, 2010 (10:51) | Homeownership, Innovations, Metering, Theory, US News, Utilities |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday, in our most recent installment of No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, we explored the got-to-be-a-good-idea of smart meters for single-family residential customers.  As revealed in a recent Wall Street Journal article, the meters are an unequivocal advance, since they enable both producer and […]

Don’t get smart with me-ter: Part 1, the value of knowing

16 March, 2010 (10:17) | Homeownership, Innovations, Metering, Theory, US News, Utilities |

By: David A. Smith   When people know what they are doing, they do it smarter.  That’s the principle behind biofeedback.   Now, as you can see, reading AHI blogs makes you happier   When people know what they are spending, they usually spend less.  Of the three main costs of sheltering a family – […]