The smart grid, with real-time monitoring, will lower energy consumption and identify inneficient or defective appliances. The Energeno Wattson started life as a simple tool to measure electricity consumption: its product range now extends to systems to measure and distributte energy from "off grid" sources, such as solar panels.
"Micro-generation" will help to realise the energy savings of smart buildings, along with demand management: a smart dishwasher might recommend waiting an hour before activation, because the grid tells it that demand is high.
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