The Environmental Potential of Demand-Side Energy Management

Demand-side energy management can save our society $1.2 trillion each year through implementing innovative construction, efficient and smart appliances and battery storage.

In a recent Next Generation Influencer Group session, we asked housing industry luminary CR Herro, VP Innovation at Meritage Homes and VP Operations at Bettr Homes, to speak to the group of young professionals about the impact and potential of peak load management. 

Reducing embodied carbon emissions with energy efficiency and electrification is essential, and demand-side energy management technologies play a crucial role in that equation. Demand-side energy management enables homeowners and builders to reduce energy use during peak hours, shifting energy use to off-peak times.

“Utilities can do this and create a much more harmonious use of generated power and consumption of power when more thoughtfully designed,” Herro explains. 

Since utilities need to produce energy based on peak demand, many municipalities have introduced a time of day use rate to incentivize consumers to use power during off-peak hours, therefore lowering the peak demand. Additionally, battery storage for solar arrays helps reduce the peak by allowing homeowners to use solar energy when the sun isn’t shining.

Watch the video for a deeper explanation of demand-side energy management and how it can lead to cost and carbon emissions reduction. 

Publisher’s Note: This content is made possible by our Today’s Home Buyer Campaign Sponsors: Whirlpool and Vivint. These companies take sustainability seriously, in both their products and their operations. Learn more about building and buying homes that are more affordable and less resource intensive.