HVAC Breaking News

Feb. 18, 2013: Many Consumers Remain Unfamiliar with Smart Grid Concepts, According to New Survey

BOULDER, Colo. — Even as utilities continue to invest in smart grid technologies, they are struggling to effectively communicate both the benefits of smart grids and the possibilities they make available to the end user. According to a new consumer survey from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, nearly one-third of respondents (30 percent) were unfamiliar with smart grids, and one-quarter (24 percent) were unfamiliar with smart meters.

“The survey data indicates we are still in the early phase of consumer awareness and adoption of smart grid technologies, and consumers’ understanding of the benefits that can be derived from these technologies remains relatively low,” said senior research analyst Neil Strother. “Utilities and other smart grid stakeholders must find more effective means of engaging customers with simple, affordable, and helpful energy management products and services.”

The survey also indicates that nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of consumers have concerns about the impact electricity costs have on their monthly budgets, and 63 percent are interested in managing energy use in their homes. When it comes to taking action on that interest, however, fewer than half (49 percent) are aware of companies offering home energy management services, and fewer than 40 percent have a high level of interest in participating in programs such as demand response.

Publication date: 2/18/2013

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2015 ACCA Conference

Images from the 2015 ACCA Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Posted on April 8, 2015.

Podcasts

NEWSMakers: Clint Schreck

Clint Schreck, general manager, Columbus Worthington Air, Columbus, Ohio, discusses winning Angie’s List Super Service Award, how to handle online reviews, and much more.

More Podcasts

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 05-18-15 cover

2015 May 18

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Legislation and Regulation

What legislative/regulatory issue is most important to you as a HVAC business owner?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

2015.jpg
2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con