Report: 7 percent of Americans now watch their electricity use on a smartphone

About 7 percent of U.S. adults use a smartphone or tablet computer to observe their electricity use. Among those who monitor their electricity, 9 percent use a handheld mobile device to do it.

This is according to a May report on U.S. electricity monitoring from Zpryme. The percentages remain mostly unchanged since April 2013, according to Zpryme.

The survey also found that 4.3 percent of adults manage their electricity usage on a smartphone, while 3.1 percent manage their usage on a tablet.

This month’s survey for mobile device use represents a slight shift from April’s results: April (smartphone, 3.7 percent; tablet, 3.8 percent), May (smartphone, 4.3 percent; tablet 3.1 percent).

Another 18.6 percent used a PC/laptop to check their usage, 25.8 percent used their monthly bill, and 3.5 percent didn’t use these four (tablet, smartphone, PC/laptop, or monthly bill) to check their usage.

The highest mobile usage for electricity monitoring was observed for those 25-34 years old (13.5 percent), while the lowest mobile use was reported by 55-64 year olds (2.5 percent).

A final 17.4 percent reported that they didn’t monitor their electricity usage. This figure increased by three percentage points since the April survey.

Regionally, the West had the highest proportion of mobile device usage for electricity consumption (9.9 percent), while the South had the lowest (5.9 percent). When comparing the type of mobile device, the Northeast had more smartphone usage (6.1 percent), while the West had more tablet usage (4.1 percent) than any other region.

The data for Zpryme’s survey was collected via the internet during May 2013. Customers were asked what their methods were for monitoring their electricity uses. Response choices were: smartphone, tablet, PC/laptop, monthly paper bill, none of these, or I do not monitor my electricity use. Respondents could choose any option or more than one option. There were 1,003 total U.S. adults who responded to the survey.

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