In understanding the consumer's wants and needs, we recognize that simplicity is integral to success. We understand that dealing with technology and its interfaces needs to be friendly, intuitive and easy to use.
Even beyond this, we know that consumers have to be comfortable with what's on their wall. Smart thermostats need to blend in with the decor yet be aesthetically pleasing when noticed to gain acceptance.
So how exactly do we work with consumers? We take things consumers don't readily understand or have a deep interest in — smart grid strategies, Demand Response programs, advanced metering infrastructure — and bring it to them in terms they do understand and care about: conservation and comfort. And in a place they know better than anyone: their own homes.
Conservation: Consumers want to use less power — to save money, especially on peak demand rates. Using less power will help avoid costly blackouts and reduce the need for expensive new power plants — great news for security-conscious and environmentally aware consumers.
Comfort: Consumers do not want to compromise comfort. They won't sit sweating in a stifling home when they can turn on the A/C. They won't shiver in the cold when they can easily warm up. They want energy conservation that's simple to understand and manage. They want to feel comfortable with the choices they make.
Connecting Conservation with Comfort: By connecting to the smart meter, Energate's home energy management solutions let consumers conserve energy without sacrificing comfort and convenience. We're helping deliver an integrated home energy management system that consumers will not only accept, but embrace.