We are in the early stages of a revolution that will change how people think about and use energy in their homes. Utilities around the world are implementing smart meter systems for their electric and gas customers. Smart meters are digital, wireless meters that replace existing mechanical-analog meters. With smart meters, real-time energy-usage displays, dynamic pricing, and other valuable services become a reality. This creates a variety of opportunities for human-computer interaction (HCI) designers to contribute to inventing new approaches for smarter energy use. The heart of this opportunity comes not from the technology per se, but from culture…
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