Fort Collins, Colorado is on track to becoming the first city in the U.S. to use a new mobile app that makes energy demand information available to utility consumers in near real time. The information, which includes the changing cost of power at different times of day, is helping consumers to stay within their energy budgets, while helping utilities avoid the use of expensive “peaking” power.
Farshid Arman has some peculiar habits. For example, the washing machine and the dishwasher in his home in Lafayette, California, have post-it notes on them that say, “Do not start before 9 p.m.!!” The reason for this stern reminder is that Arman’s electricity rates vary throughout the day, and prices are especially low after 9 p.m. His cost-consciousness isn’t always popular, however. For example, his son Aaron once came home before nine desperate to wash some clothes he had gotten dirty, and he therefore offered his father five dollars if he could do his laundry immediately. It was a tempting offer, but Arman stood firm.
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