Insights from Smart Meters: Ramp-Up, Dependability, and Short-Term Persistence of Savings from Home Energy Reports

April 24, 2015

This report, the third in a series of reports on smart meters, presents smart meter data to analyze the ramp-up, dependability, and short-term persistence of savings in Home Energy Reports (HERs)—one type of a behavior-based energy efficiency program.

The analysis presented uses easily available data to determine the ramp-up and dependability of HER program savings over the short-term (day-to-day), which can help utilities, program planners, system planners, regulators, and policymakers improve:

  • HER program design and reduce deployment costs by optimizing report frequency
  • Short-term demand and overall energy forecasts so that daily savings can be predicted with a reasonable degree of accuracy, resulting in more effective hedging strategies for fuel and purchased power procurement
  • HER cost-effectiveness by more accurately predicting program benefits. 
For more information contact:
Michael Li, U.S. Department of Energy