London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — November 24, 2011 – The Consumer Energy Display Industry Group (CEDIG) has been launched by Britain’s electrotechnical industry association BEAMA to serve as the voice of the country’s energy display industry.
Energy displays have proven highly successful in helping consumers to reduce electricity consumption, and they form an important component of the U.K.’s national smart meter program.
“CEDIG’s purpose is to maximise the opportunity and choice for consumers in gaining visibility and insight into their energy use,” commented BEAMA’s Association Director for CEDIG, John Parsons. “Consumer energy displays represent a new industry, and CEDIG will be active in promoting the technology, working with stakeholders to develop the arrangements needed to provide the displays with data. CEDIG will provide expert knowledge and feedback to Government, utilities, consumer and standardisation bodies.”
Consumer energy displays include a range of devices and services, including in-home displays (IHDs), real time online user interfaces (UIs), and smartphone applications. The purpose of all of these is to collect accurate, real time information on the customer’s energy usage, and feed this back to the customer while helping them understand their usage and how they can better manage it.
A recent study of some 100 trials around the world by VaasaETT, Empower Demand, found average annual savings of 8.68 percent for customers with IHDs.