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Living Laboratory One Year Results: Homes Averaged 16 Percent Reduction In Electricity Usage With Highest Reduction At 32 Percent

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Residents said the Reliant e-Sense® Home Energy Monitor, manufactured by Tendril, was one of their favorite tools. It helped them understand their electricity usage and monthly bills and allowed them to visualize the consumption of electricity when various appliances were in use. Once they became aware of their electricity usage, they looked for ways to modify their habits which helped reduce their electricity usage and costs. Reliant also distributed the Reliant e-Sense® Home Energy Monitors over 10,000 customers across Texas.

Using this direct feedback from Innovation Avenue residents, Reliant developed the Reliant e-Sense® Now application, a second generation smart energy tool designed to bring the real-time information available on the Reliant e-Sense® Home Energy Monitor along with additional electricity usage information directly to the customer’s smart phone or tablet. Visit to learn more about the new Reliant e-Sense® Now application.

“I enjoy using the eSense Now app on the iPad. I like the portability of course, but most of all, I like the ease of being able to get that much information in an instantaneous way. Daily, weekly and monthly summaries, literally, at my fingertips,” said Gil Costas, Innovation Avenue resident.

Reliant exclusively offers a Learn and Conserve Plan that includes a Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest thermostat was added to one home about mid-way through the year. Within about a month of installing the Nest, using the Energy History feature, Costas discovered that his air conditioning unit was nearing the end of its life and running 20 hours a day to cool his home. With this information he was able to proactively replace the unit and his total home electricity usage dropped by 40 percent.

“My favorite gadget has become the Nest Learning thermostat. It is amazing that the thermostat has been able to learn the habits of the house occupants, and adjusted itself accordingly,” Costas said.

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