Smart grids are 20th century traditional power grids that integrate “smart” efficient 21st technologies to make providing energy more productive and cost-efficient.
For instance, companies like GE install smart meters that keep track of time of day to keep energy usage at a minimum during off-peak hours (ex: in your home while you’re away at work, etc.). If 25% of Americans installed Smart Meters in their homes, nearly 9.2 million tons of carbon emissions could be saved per year.
Also, the way the existing power grid works, you can only take advantage of alternative energy sources if you live within 100 miles of the source. Smart grids are able to transport energy generated from wind, sunlight and biomass and use it to power locations that really need it, even at a great distance.
Efficient energy management means the smart grid would reduce CO2 emissions significantly. Currently, the existing power grid is responsible for 38% of our country’s emissions. With only a 5% more efficient power grid, we can reduce emissions equal to that of 21.6 million cars.
This interactive website has some really interesting tools to see the effects the smart grid could have on our environment.
Smart grids are home electricity networks that use digital technology to control electric appliances in consumers’ homes. These grids use sophisticated two-way communication to control the appliances, saving consumers money on their electricity bills. Smart grids ensure that your home electricity network is operating efficiently, while you’re at home and away. Smart grids are considered a step toward energy independence and against global warming.
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