You wake up in your chilly San Francisco apartment (or any chilly place for that matter), and your first instinct is not to crank up the thermostat several notches (too expensive!). Instead you go to your closet, rifle through an array of sport coats and collared shirts. You pull out your favorite sweater, slide it on, and sit down to read the news on your sleek iPad, warming your hands all the while.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “San Francisco-area households paid an average of 21.2 cents per kilowatt hour (Kwh) of electricity in February 2013, up from 20.7 cents per Kwh in February 2012.”
Electricity prices in the San Francisco area are on the rise and there are things you can do to minimize the amount of electricity that you use on a daily basis.
So why wouldn't you be keenly interested in what's going on at Renesas?
Searching for answers
Drive for Innovation editor, Brian Fuller, is the guy with the favorite sweater and the cold hands, and he sat down with the product marketing manager for Renesas Electronics, Gianluca Viale, to discuss what people can do to conserve energy in their households while being more efficient about the energy they do use.
Viale explains, “You have your house, the thermostat setup. Where you set up, it turns on at six in the morning, turns off at eight when everybody is out of the house, it turns on again at six when people are supposed to come back.”
Usually this is sufficient to get through most days with someone's normal routine, but it doesn't account for unplanned events, like going out with your coworkers after work or a meeting at work that goes late.
“With this technology, you will have you smartphone, your iPad… you just login and you change the program and say, don't turn on until 10,” Viale said.
With the consumers paying, on average, more for electricity every year, doing the little things to save energy will go a long way to decreasing your monthly electric bill month to month.
So instead of running straight to the thermostat when you wake up in the morning, go to your closet and pick out your favorite sweater and slippers.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on Drive for Innovation .