What does a smarter grid look like at home? Here's a clue. Tendril is one of a number of smart-grid start-ups that make technology for displaying a home's electricity. It works with smart meters, which have two-way communications, and a home network to gather data on appliances and run reports. Now companies like Tendril are trying to work with appliance makers, like General Electric, and makers of heating and cooling systems so that individual appliances can run more efficiently. The idea is that networked home appliances can receive information on fluctuating electricity prices to take advantage of discounted prices at off-peak times.
July 10, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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