SDG&E launches Green Button apps to help customers save energy

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) plans for residential and business customers to be able to use three new apps that use the Green Button Connect My Data platform to manage energy use and find new ways to save energy.

In addition to PowerTools, the first Green Button Connect app available to SDG&E customers, SDG&E customers can now log into My Account and authorize apps including  SolarCity's Solar Home Energy Graph, EnergyAi and, in the near future, Ecova's Meter Dashboard, to receive and analyze their energy data automatically.

SolarCity's Solar Home Energy Graph helps SDG&E customers assess how much of their energy could come from the sun. SDG&E customers who are considering going solar can authorize SolarCity to receive 13 months of the customer's smart meter energy data, which they can use to evaluate their home's potential for solar. SolarCity will also email a link to a personalized online home energy graph to the customer.

Using Green Button data provided by SDG&E, Ecova's Meter Dashboard energy monitoring product incorporates smart meter data allowing businesses to view their energy use. The Meter Dashboard is expected to be available for SDG&E customers this month and provides data visualization tools to help customers quickly identify specific sites that are using more energy than other sites.

Green Button Connect My Data is an automated, more advanced level of the initial Green Button data download tool, and the next step in the industry-led Green Button initiative. To date, more than 20,000 customers have downloaded their energy consumption data with the SDG&E Green Button download tool. Through Green Button Connect My Data, customers can now authorize third parties to securely access their energy usage data on an automated and daily basis.

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 860,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles.

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