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Verizon Foundation Unveils Energy Management Solutions to Underserved Communities in Austin
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October 08, 2013

Verizon Foundation Unveils Energy Management Solutions to Underserved Communities in Austin

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

Smart energy management solutions are essential for every household and businesses to better manage their energy consumption. These solutions have only been available to high-income groups – until now.

To overcome this problem, The Verizon (News - Alert) Foundation has partnered with consumer-energy research organization Pecan Street Inc. to introduce energy management solutions for low-income groups. The new solution is aptly named the Smart Solutions for Affordable Housing program.

Apart from lending its technology such as network and 4G LTE routers tablets, eGauge circuit-level monitoring systems, Nest smart thermostats and a new mobile application for monitoring home energy use, Verizon is also funding this solution. The solution will be donated to 140 low-income volunteer households in Austin.

With the help of Verizon technology, these solutions will provide real-time information and guidance concerning their energy management to low income houses. It will keep track of energy consumptions by all electricity issues such as electric bills and the condition of the appliances and heating and cooling systems in their apartments.

The Smart Energy Management technology solutions from Verizon will enable users to improve forecasting and respond quickly to demand increases. It also helps automate services and keep operating costs under budgets.

“Through these strategic efforts and philanthropy, the Verizon Foundation is deploying our technologies in underserved communities to help households make better energy decisions that help them save money," said Michelle Miller, Central Texas region president for Verizon Wireless (News - Alert). "Using Verizon's technology and Pecan Street's energy management tools, low-income residents will be able to view their energy consumption and receive recommendations on how to save on electricity. This will allow them to make informed decisions to lower their monthly energy bills.”

Verizon Foundation has been carrying on many social activities. Recently, the foundation sent a helicopter to reach flood damaged facilities in Estes Park.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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