Smart meters – which record, monitor and adjust your energy or water use according to price and demand – are coming to Birtish households over the coming years. In the meantime, however, a host of energy companies are increasingly pushing consumers to sign up voluntarily to similar systems, and prime among these is British Gas’s myHome remote heating control. It allows users to set individual heating patterns for each day, but also to do so via an online portal, a mobile app for Android or iOS or even text messages.
Thousands of area residents with electric meters that transmit usage data wirelessly soon will be able to examine their power habits online.
CenterPoint Energy, along with other distribution utilities and IBM, is expected to launch an online portal, www.smartmetertexas.com, this month that will allow customers to monitor usage in real time regardless of which retailer provides their electricity.