Green Button Initiative: How it works: 1 smart meters capture your energy consumption data and transmit it to your utility company, 2 your utility company converts the data into the green button format. 3 you choose apps that use green button format. 4 you give your utility company permission to securely share your data with the app. 5 The app provides you with information and analysis based on your data. Benefits: Energy consumption data can be use to: Track and analyze your energy use to conserve energy and save money. Assist with retrofit planning to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Optimize the size and cost-effectiveness of rooftop solar panels.