SDG&E Customers Can Connect Home Area Network Devices With Smart Meters

   SDG&E Customers Can Connect Home Area Network Devices With Smart Meters

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 10, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
customers can now purchase and install home area network devices to see how
much energy they are using in near real-time and help identify high energy use
appliances. With in-home energy display devices connected to their electric
smart meters, SDG&E customers have access to a new tool to help them make
smart energy consumption decisions to reduce their overall energy usage and
costs.

SDG&E has tested several new in-home energy display devices and customers can
learn how to connect these validated devices to their electric smart meters at
sdge.com/han. By setting up an in-home display, SDG&E customers are able to
instantly see how much energy their whole home is using. They can also
determine approximately how much energy various appliances in their home are
using, such as that new energy-efficient TV or outdoor patio light, while
watching the kilowatts and estimated cost per hour go up or down on a small
digital display as the appliances are turned on or off.

"Now that this technology is enabled through SDG&E's smart meter system,
customers can see how much energy they are using in their home in near
real-time, which gives them greater control of their energy use on a daily
basis," said Ted Reguly, SDG&E's director of customer programs and projects.

The third-party in-home displays below range in price from approximately $60
to $120, and have been tested and validated for smart meter compatibility.
These devices operate on the standardized ZigBee network communication
protocol for seamless integration with SDG&E smart meters. The devices display
estimated energy costs that are intended to provide a general idea of
approximate energy costs to help customers take action, but do not reflect
actual SDG&E billing.

  oEnergy Aware Technology PowerTab In-Home Display

       oWhere to purchase: store.energy-aware.com
       oFeatures: Shows how much electricity your home is consuming at any
         given moment on a wireless and rechargeable, easy-to-use, magnetic
         backed display.

  oRainforest Automation Energy Display (model EMU)

       oWhere to purchase: rainforestautomation.com
       oFeatures: Real-time energy display with instant access to smart meter
         energy consumption as it happens; simple two-button interface with
         tabletop or magnet mount; battery-powered.

  oRainforest Automation Energy Display (model EMU-2)

       oWhere to purchase: rainforestautomation.com
       oFeatures: Real-time energy display with instant access to smart meter
         energy consumption as it happens; simple two-button interface with
         tabletop, magnet, or wall mount; plug-in with battery backup.

SDG&E has developed a simple process by which customers may purchase a
validated in-home display device in the retail market and pair that device
with the utility smart meter. Utility customers can start the process to
connect an in-home display device to their smart meter by completing the
online form at sdge.com/han or by contacting SDG&E's Energy Savings Center at
800-644-6133 or HomeAreaNetwork@semprautilities.com.

New home area network technology was recently pilot-tested with approximately
1,300 SDG&E customers and 2,500 devices. The devices have demonstrated
effectiveness in increasing energy efficiency among customers who report they
are turning off more lights, increasing air conditioning temperature, watching
less TV and unplugging devices.

Additional home area network devices are being tested by SDG&E to ensure the
device is compatible with the meter and secure on the utility's network. Once
validated for compatibility, the list of devices available to customers will
be expanded. More information on this test process is available at
sdge.com/hantest.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy
service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more
than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating
ways to help our customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a
subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding
company based in San Diego.

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SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)

Website: http://sdge.com
Contact: Erin Coller, San Diego Gas & Electric, +1-877-866-2066, www.sdge.com,
Twitter: @sdge
 
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