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Reliant Energy created Reliant Innovation Avenue in downtown Houston, a neighborhood for twelve families that utilizes cutting edge "smart energy" technology that includes everything from solar panels to light bulbs to energy efficient monitors. Over the next two weeks, Reliant will work with the families to examine how they interact with the technology, and monitor their energy usage. The goal of the project is to increase the participate's relation with their energy usage, by giving them information and control over how they use electricity. The ultimate goal of this, of course, is to lower the electricity use of the families involved, and indeed all homeowners, which is why Bob Vila was happy to endorse the project, saying,“Preserving this historic neighborhood and embracing new technology really do complement each other and this project is a perfect example.”
Reliant Energy's full press release can be viewed here.