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Curbing global warming is all about shutting down coal plants. One way we'll be able to do that without major economic havoc is to optimize when, where and from what source we obtain our residential energy. Smart grids make the most of every kilowatt.

The Back Story

Smart Meter BackgroundSmart meters could inspire better energy habits, or make you hate your roommate Living in a house that’s smarter than you is likely to cause emotional distress. Read More.

Responsive Appliances

Whirlpool 6th Sense

Optimizing Performance. The Whirlpool Smart Front Load Washer and Dryer now work with the Nest Learning Thermostat. With 6th Sense Live Technology you can remotely start and stop as well as check your energy usage.

Distributed Energy

Smart Grid RenewablesRenewables Unite. Smart grids will allow small photovoltaic, hydroelectric and wind energy installations to become part of the energy solution. Interesting article Here

Bringing the Grid Home

The Ultimate Universal Remote? By linking home devices to both electrical utilities and the Internet, the smart grid at its best should optimize power usage, streamline grid distribution, allow for self-diagnosing appliances, and reduce overall energy and water consumption.Smart Grid Integration with Home

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The Grid-Enabled Home?

As wireless and digital technology converge, homeowners can control every aspect of their home or apartment from anyplace in the world.

Smart Grids Target A Home's Big Energy Users

Energy Savings from Smart Grid
Hard Targets. The biggest energy saving aspect of smart grids will be power optimization, so that the most demanding appliances use power when it's least needed. How much can be saved? Treehugger.com notes that "If one million dryers went into power saving mode during peak time, that would reduce demand by the equivalent of about 6 coal power plants!.


German town embraces smart gridGERMAN TOWN becomes test zone for smart grid. This town of less than 3,000 occupants is producing renewable energy at record levels and selling it back to the utilities via smart grid technology. Read More

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