Eco-Energy Council Quarterly Meeting Focuses on Disaggregated Energy Data

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This Quarter's EEC webcast features a high-point summary of the council's recently completed Energy Audit Technology Trial. Over the course of six weeks, utility and academic thought leaders participated in an intensive test of the effect of aggregrate home energy and disaggregate appliance usage data on customer behavior, conservation, clean energy, energy efficiency, demand management and all aspects of cost containment.

How much energy does your washing machine actually use?

If you can answer the question, "How much energy does your washing machine actually use?" you may not need to read further. The underlying issues of conserving energy, the environment and money are addressed in a provocative trial chartered by the Eco-Energy Council™ (EEC). In keeping with the council's primary charter of providing an information exchange on cutting-edge energy conservation products and services, the EEC launched its first technology trial in January, with participation from major energy providers and academic institutions. Key points from the Energy Audit Technology Trial will be highlighted during the EEC's second quarter webcast this week.

A wide variety of trials have been conducted to investigate the effect of aggregate, or total house, consumption data on energy conservation efforts using an in-home display, but few have addressed the concept of disaggregated, or individual appliance, consumption data and its effect on conservation. The trial participants provided feedback in dual perspectives as utility representatives and as consumers (by taking the devices home). Participants were encouraged to audit a wide variety of appliances during the course of the trial ranging from lamps to wine refrigerators and laptops to vending machines. With a specific focus on individual appliance data, both the energy provider and the consumer have the ability to gain greater knowledge over energy use resulting in positive changes in behavior and, thus, the environmental impact of that energy use.

The awareness gained during the 6-week period led to deeper insights into specific appliances energy use feedback (disaggregated data). The primary focus of the technical trial was on how disaggregate appliance data contributes to energy conservation and positively impacts consumer behavior, as thought-leaders explored functionality designed to encourage such actions.

One participant stated, "We are evaluating tools that empower the consumer to manage energy use and cost based on real-time data..."

Widefield Technology, Inc. provided the EOS Energy Optimization System™ for the study, with the wireless in-home display, EOS Energy Assistant™, to monitor and display electric usage and independent electric adapters wirelessly communicating the disaggregate data. As the industry pursues innovative strategies aimed at Home Area Network (HAN) technology adoption related to conservation, clean energy, energy efficiency, demand management and all aspects of cost containment, the ability to demonstrate results will be critical in making business cases.

Highlights of the EEC's findings for the Energy Audit Technology Trial will be presented on Earth Day, April 22nd and suggest that participants, overwhelmingly, see the value of monitoring and controlling household energy use, both aggregate and disaggregate. The webcast will feature a high-point summary of the trials findings, including participant insights into consumer energy use behaviors, conservation trends, and adoption theories. The EEC is opening participation, in this webcast only, to non-members to further the charter of the council to provide the necessary tools to educate consumers in their stewardship of our world. PS Washing machines typically use up to 10 kilowatt hours per load

For more information regarding this quarter's EEC webcast, Energy Audit Technical Trial or the Energy Audit Trial Summary Report, please contact Amanda Davis, Project Manager at 480-993-2204 or via email adavis (at) widefieldnet (dot) com.

About Eco-Energy Council™ (EEC)
The Eco-Energy Council was developed as a platform for meaningful dialogue with participants interested in marrying the dual issues of consumer energy use behavior and the consumer's responsibility in managing the impact of their usage on the environment. The EEC provides an official, yet casual, forum for hands-on input into in-home energy presentment and smart usage management. Participants dynamically contribute through regular webcasts, spurring dialogue around the issue of residential energy management and technology advancements that provide the necessary tools to reduce energy consumption, protect our environment, and educate consumers in their stewardship of our world.

About Widefield Technology, Inc.
Widefield Technology, Inc. was established in 2003, and is based in Scottsdale, AZ. The company provides solutions in the conservation, pre-payment, and self service arenas. Widefield Technology's mission is to deliver cost-effective, integrated resource management solutions that are customer-driven, innovative and intelligent systems that provide the necessary tools to reduce energy consumption, protect our environment and educate consumers in their stewardship of our world." For more information, please visit http://www.widefieldnet.com.

Contacts:
Amanda Davis - Communications Manager - Widefield Technology, Inc.
Tel: 480-993-2204 Email: adavis (at) widefieldnet (dot) com

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