23 Aug '12, 7pm

Is Cutting Energy Use in Homes Possible?

Is Cutting Energy Use in Homes Possible?

There are many promises that a smarter grid could unlock. One is a more efficient, reliable electricity delivery system. Another is a connected world where our homes and offices can talk to the grid in real time, shedding load to avoid summer blackouts. Smart meters, in particular, will give us all insight into our energy use so that we can save money and energy. The latter promise, however, is far from a given if historic energy use in homes is any indication. From 1978 to 2005, energy use in homes is essentially a flat line. There have been incredible efficiency gains, primarily in home heating and cooling, but that has been offset by bigger homes and more stuff that needs to be plugged in. In a paper recently published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration at an event hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy , the authors question whether m...

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