How to help customers understand smart meters, home area networks


By: SGN Staff


Utilities that seek energy efficiency and demand response need home and apartment owners to adopt - or at least accept - grid-connected technologies such as smart meters and home-area networks.


The downloadable article described below may help. Written for housing developers and electrical contractors, it (correctly) complains about the "slow diffusion" of smart, innovative products into the housing stock. And (correctly) identifies lack of education as a prime factor. Both consumers and contractors must make project tradeoffs with incomplete information.


Although a bit academic, this to-the-point article would make a great starting point to help you educate contractors in your region. It includes introductions to smart meters and home area networks, as well as a hot-linked list of further references.



The implementation of smart grid has led to a number of technologies for the housing

industry. Two of these technologies, Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Home Area Networks, have a direct effect on the operations of a home. These technologies have influenced many new products and applications for homes; examples include smart meters, car-charging stations, smart thermostats, renewable-energy installations, and smart appliances.


The material in the article is part of a report commissioned by ELECTRI International, the research foundation of the National Electrical Contractors Association.


Download the full report: Smart Grid Technologies in Housing