In a move to help its customers save money on utilities, Duke Energy just announced a pilot program with networking and technology giant Cisco. According to the press release from Duke Energy, the pilot uses a “smart grid-enabled home energy management solution” to help customers better manage their energy use, saving money and wasting less energy. The “smart grid”, as described bu Duke Energy, is a combination of “technologies like smart meters, automated switching devices and wireless sensors” creating a line of communication between users and energy suppliers to help better manage all of our resources.
Gianna Manes, senior vice president and chief customer officer of Duke Energy, sums up the program nicely by saying, “Customers want to save money on their energy bills, but it has to be easy. With Cisco’s proven expertise in Internet Protocol-based, open system networks, we’re confident our collaboration with them will result in a solution that provides customers back-of-mind simplicity and real back pocket rewards.”
It’s not quite the wired/wireless home of the future, but it appears to be a big step in the right direction – a utilities company attempting a “smart” approach to saving money and energy.
Initial testing of the Cisco Home Energy Management Solution® will occur over a year-long period in Charlotte, N.C., and Cincinnati, Ohio where Duke Energy has already installed digital smart grid technologies.