Home energy monitoring, which lets users dial in the energy use in their homes, has inspired several new products at CES and is getting some well deserved attention. Direct Energy, which is working with Whirlpool Corp., Best Buy, Lennox and OpenPeak, has put out a smart meter that include real-time energy monitoring. Homeowners can use these control their electricity usage and costs. The use of these meters makes smart climate AND energy sense.
It’s technologies like these from the ITC industry that inspired us to start our Cool IT campaign, an effort to get ITC into the game to reduce emissions and be strong advocates for climate solutions. ITC is responsible for roughly 2 percent of global emissions, but studies have shown that IT solutions such as video conferencing, smart power grids, and highly efficient components could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by 2020.—Daniel