29 Jan '15, 8pm

Truly smart meters will speak a language that people understand

Truly smart meters will speak a language that people understand

A few years ago, smart meters and the smart grid were hot ideas in the media. Even the president of the United States extolled their virtues in a 2009 speech , saying that they would help average people save energy and cut their utility bills. While the number of smart meters installed since them has mushroomed: Edison Foundation/Screen capture With 50 million US homes now having one, about 43% of the total number of households, the expected changes in behavior and energy savings haven't quite yet blown anyone away. That's probably in good part because having a smart meter on the side of your house and getting a slightly more detailed bill isn't enough to make people change their habits. The random person on the street probably only have a vague idea of what a kWh is, and most people seem to think that they don't have too much impact on their energy consumption; you just g...

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