Could smart meters stem $14 billion in annual water losses?

August 15, 2013 by  
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Upgrading aging water infrastructure is costly, but advanced technology can help utilities detect leaks or unbilled water usage faster.

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Could smart meters stem $14 billion in annual water losses?

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Upgrading aging water infrastructure is costly, but advanced technology can help utilities detect leaks or unbilled water usage faster.

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IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

January 10, 2013 by  
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In our last Energy 101 column , we looked at some of the home energy monitoring devices currently available and explored the ways that they can help us live more efficient, eco-conscious lives. But with smart grid technologies rapidly approaching, a new group of energy-tracking devices is emerging. We had the chance to speak with Drew Clark, Director of Strategy for IBM’s Venture Capital Group , about what the future holds for smart meter technology. Read the rest of IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecobee , energy hub , energy smart grid , ibm , power

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GE tools make ‘dumb’ appliances ‘smart’ for energy management

March 8, 2012 by  
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In spite of the energy-saving promise of smart meters, many homes still have the regular ones. GE this week unveiled a new set of products that will enable consumers to manage their energy use — with or without smart meters.

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Tendril Unveils Developer Website for Smart Grid Apps

January 4, 2012 by  
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Providing open source developer tools to build applications that connect smart meters, home appliances, and smart phones with back-office utility systems, the program hopes to accelerate time-to-market opportunities for new products and services.

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The good, the bad and the ugly about Smart Meters

October 22, 2011 by  
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Garima Goel: Smart Meters Smart Meters For those who want to keep a tab on the electricity consumption for their home or business, the Smart Meters are a great option. Unlike the traditional meters, the smart meter helps you in tracking your energy consumption on hourly, daily, weekly or month basis. The data offered by smart meter will help you make better energy choices, and will give you full control over your energy bills. Moreover, smart meters can also transmit and receive data, which helps in remote reporting. The smart meter technology is being utilized popularly in different nations. These energy counting devices are available in market with various features. The good benefits of Smart Meters benefits of Smart Meters for the consumers Smart meters are being regarded with great favour in homes and business globally. This popularity is due to the reason that the energy saving is more convenient by making use of smart meters as they monitor the energy that is consumed by the users. The smart meters can also interact with electrical devices like TVs and washing machines. These devices can also broadcast the present price of the energy consumed by the electrical appliances. This technology would enhance energy conservation and also minimise the energy costs. The most prompting advantage of installing a smart meter is that the consumers will not be issued any erroneous electrical bills. The smart meters will help in cutting the energy consumption and therefore indirectly national carbon emissions. The product can be therefore categorized as eco-friendly. The bad Smart Meters Cost are Smart Meters Costly While smart meters have various advantages, they also come with certain drawbacks and challenges to the consumers. The smart meter is very costly and this is the most prominent lowdown due to which, they are not favoured much, by everyone. These cunning little gizmos make use of a communicating thermostat to interact with electrical devices at home. The smart meters are installed with an in-home display where the details about the current energy usage are shown. The GPRS technology used by the device keep your electricity supplier au fait of the energy that you have consumed and also allows you to check your gas and electricity consumption on the internet. With all such costly components and software, the smart meter by all odds will be expensive. Moreover, the knowhow of the technology and software installed with the smart meter is necessary for the customer. The ugly Safe Smart Meters are Smart Meters safe The most horrible disadvantage of smart meters is the microwave radio frequency radiation emitted by the installation of these devices, which cause various health hazards. These devices when set up at homes or other commercial buildings will radiate microwaves that are dangerous for health of humans and animals as well. Therefore consumers, especially electro-sensitive persons have given an account of various health problems. The microwave radio frequency is used in the communication process between smart meters and electronic devices. Tumors and cancer risks, DNA damage, cognitive difficulties and heart problems are some of the series health problems that are caused due to these radiations. So overall, the smart meters are not worthy at all. You can afford to buy a smart meter but not at the cost of your health. Why are we so critical? Everything has its pros and cons, and so is with smart meters. Many companies are manufacturing the smart meters with various attractive features. The technology used by smart meters keep a record of your daily energy consumption and thus can help you to cut off the extra energy that was consumed by you. Of course, establishing the smart meters in your households or any other commercial place would certainly not be cheap. Moreover, after installing the device, you need to be cautious while maneuvering the device. As most of the electrical appliance will be connected with the smart meter using a certain technique or some particular software, you need to handle it with extra care. Regarding the health problems called by radiations, many companies are taking precautions to fabricate a product that is safe for the users. But, you cannot be sure about the long term impacts of the smart meters. The bottomline Because smart meters tend to save energy, therefore the product is definitely an eco product. With various modifications, the disadvantages of the product can be removed, thereby making the product safe and secure to be used. Though the initial cost of the smart meter is high, we should not forget the reductions given to us in the future energy bills.

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Alabama Power Finds a New Benefit for Smart Meters: Disaster Recovery

September 15, 2011 by  
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The utility’s comprehensive smart meter project made it easier for its repair crews to get power back to customers in the wake of the devastating tornado swarm this past spring.

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Maine Residents Wary of Smart Meters, GE Pours $55 Million Into Start-Ups, and More Smart Grid News

November 18, 2010 by  
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Photo via mpeterke There’s quite a bit of news in the smart grid scene, and we’ve rounded up the most interesting stories. Check out the what’s what, from smart appliances taking over the industry to how much money the DOE is sending to new smart grid companies

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Oxford Atlas of the World, 17th Edition (Book Review)

November 18, 2010 by  
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Photo taken by Michael Graham Richard, used with permission of Oxford University Press What a Fascinating Planet! Maybe it’s my geeky side, but I’ve always liked encyclopedias and atlases. When I was younger, I spent hours looking for one thing but reading about 15 others things on the way there (kind of what Wikipedia makes people do now, with all those tempting links sprinkled in each entry), so I was happy to be offered a review copy of the 17th edition of the Oxford Atlas of the World. But this large and high-quality book isn’t just a dry compilation of maps, it..

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Magnetic Energy Device Could Mean 40% Power Savings

September 24, 2010 by  
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The US Navy is on their way to having 40% of their power come from renewable sources by 2020 and a big part of that move is helping their buildings save energy . They’ve got their researchers hard at work devising new technology and one solution that recently emerged from the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global has us marveling at its ingenuity

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