HAI says has been selected for a partnership with Entergy New Orleans to provide nearly 5,000 Home Area Network (HAN) devices for demand response, energy display, and comfort control.
Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Entergy New Orleans Inc., homeowners receive tools and training from Entergy utility company that assists with tracking electricity usage, assists with reducing costs, and in some cases, provides for credits on electrical bills. The HAI devices are being provided at no cost to the end-user thanks to a Smart Grid Investment Grant program.
All 7,000 participants receive a smart meter installed at no charge, 4,400 homes will receive HAI’s In-Home Energy Display (81A00-WHSH), and 400 homes will receive HAI’s Omnistat2 programmable communicating thermostats (RC-2000WHSH).
On both devices, homeowners can view exact bill to date, projected monthly bill, and see the instantaneous demand plus energy trend of the past hour. Graphs showcase usage and cost histories so customers can see when they are spending the most money on electricity. Additionally, the Omnistat2 functions with a seven-day programmable schedule. This automatically can save energy and money when no one is home, the company says.
The program also includes an end-user website, where the information may be accessed any time inside or outside the home.
The program is open to both low-income homeowners and renting tenants. Qualifying restrictions in this program are based on the number of people living in the home and the total household annual income. Those who meet these requirements will be selected on a first come, first served basis.
The low-income aspect of this program makes it one of the first of its kind in the world to be deployed on this scale. Homeowners can view precise and real-time energy data, enabling them to make smarter choices and save money.
Enrollment begins now and the official rollout is April 1, 2011.