Smart meters and green buttons: Something even a mother-in-law could love?


By Liz Enbysk

SGN Managing Editor


In a recent blog post, eMeter's Chris King writes about the "Green Button" program that PG&E and San Diego Gas & Electric launched last month and how it's already a hit with his mother-in-law.




By logging into her account on the PG&E website and comparing rate plans, they discovered that - based on her actual energy usage measured by her smart meter - she can save 7% on her annual electric bill by switching to another PG&E plan. And with the utility's bill protection program, she can try the new rate risk-free, King notes.


They also found that his mother-in-law could save even more by shifting some of her usage to off-peak times.