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I also worked at a company that built this sort of system for the Utility. Yes, it was totally inspired by Stack Overflow. The thing you need to be careful about is "average home". It is sort of a made up number. I'm sure others here will attack the statistics. Rightfully so, trying to be the best energy saver is sort of the Kobayashi Maru. They set it up to keep you saving, and you can never really win. The next step, now that you are into it is to monetize you. Do you need new windows, insulation or more. You bought a Nest, that shows you will spend on it. They can recommend services to help... Will you opt in to a peak demand event system? Basically they can shut off the AC at high demand times for a lower rate. That is like printing money. Your excess capacity can be sold like an energy future. You have just seen the surface of the fractal world of public utilities, energy, and smart grid.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2012 on For a Bit of Colored Ribbon at Coding Horror
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