Another day, another company adding to the list of smart technologies to enhance energy efficiency and smart grid potential for customers.
This time, its Arlington Virginia’s Opower, a leader in providing customer based solutions for utilities. In development for five years, the app will allow customers to use Opower 4, which uses five main components: big data analytics, home energy control, behaviour engagement, energy information services, and retail and marketing services.
“Opower 4 has gained a tremendous amount of traction in 2012 and now reaches more than 15 million customers through a variety of channels,” said Founder and CEO of Opower Dan Yates.
“Opower Mobile enhances the innovative solutions we bring to utilities and can help utilities both reduce their cost-to-serve and improve the customer’s experience, all while bringing the trusted Opower program to the palm of your hand.”
Opower’s new mobile app will allow customers to do a lot of neat things while on the move. One feature that should get people’s attention allows a person to see how much energy they are using in their home, while comparing their energy usage to similar homes.
Other features offered in the app include: on-line bill payment option and reminders of when its due; integration of the thermostat; customizing features for a customer’s specific need; and reporting service interruption on their mobile phone.
Opower recently announced they had saved US residents 2 Terawatt hours, enough to take Sacramento off the grid. Opower have also recently teamed with Honeywell to pair Opower’s energy management systems with Honeywell’s thermostat technology.
“While many utilities have offered mobile applications in the past, they have often been developed for a singular function, such as bill pay,” said Senior Vice President of Marketing & Operations at Opower Rod Morris.
“This new offering is innovative in that it brings the full customer engagement program that utility customers expect to a smartphone,” he said.
Given there are 6 billion cell phone subscriptions now in the world, its not surprising the rise of mobile apps. This is especially helping to boost the creative ways of advancing smart grid and energy-efficient technologies across the planet. In recent months other apps have been devoted to solar energy, and EV’s.
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Given that costs of technology have gone down in recent years, expect the continuing trend of convergence of information technology and energy in the climate-energy era.
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