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Technological advances in our energy grid and home meters now allow Americans to waste less energy overall, and more tightly control the energy they use at home and work. Smart energy is the application of information technology, tools and techniques that can make the grid and other energy resources run more efficiently.
Smart meters are digital meters that replace the old analog meters used in homes to record electrical usage. Digital meters can tell you when, where and how you're using the most energy, and what it's costing you.
Smart energy can help solve America's energy concerns through more efficient use of the resources we already have. Read on to learn more.
- As of May 2012, 36 million smart meters have been installed across the country
- Decreases brownouts, blackouts, and surges by smoothing the flow of power
- Eliminates the practice of estimated bills, which means no more surprises on your electric bill
- Promises to increase the efficiency of today’s system by around 9% by 2030, saving more than 400 billion kilowatt-hours each year
- Scientific Chicago Smart Grid Innovation
- Smart Grid Fact Sheet
- Smart Grid 101
- Smart Grid NOVA scienceNOW
- Separating the Facts from the Fiction about Smart Meters
- Characterization of Radio Frequency Emissions from Two Models of Wireless Smart Meters
- Radio Frequency Exposure Levels from Smart Meters: A Case Study of One Model