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Internet of Things: Connecting You With the World of Power

It's projected there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015. And a new concept called Internet of Things, built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors, utilizes these devices and impacts how you live. But what is the Internet of Things and what does it mean for you? We've put together an infographic, Internet of Things: Connecting You With the World of Power, that explores those questions in relation to your energy usage.

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What is the Internet of Things (and Should I Care)?

If you love your smartphone or your smart thermostat because of all its available options and capabilities, then you're probably equally excited about the continued development of the Internet of Things (IoT). Whether you've been following each development, or you've only heard the term in passing, the IoT has the power to redefine your everyday life. Let's take a more in-depth look from Direct Energy at the IoT, what it is, and why it should matter to you.

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How the Power Grid Works

Turning on a small reading lamp by your bed is as easy as flipping a switch. But, the electricity that powers your tiny light starts miles and miles away and takes a fantastic journey through high voltage power lines, transformers and regulators before reaching your home. This animation explains how the grid works to power not only your house, but every house on the block, in your city, town, state and beyond at all times of the day.

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Quiz: Rate Your Home Energy Knowledge

Smart grid is the application of information technology, tools and techniques like smart meters, sensors, real-time communications, software and remote-controlled equipment into the electrical grid to improve grid reliability and efficiency but do you know the facts? It’s time for pop quiz! Test yourself.

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Are 1,000 Consumers Enough?

SGCC consumer pulse research identifies 5 consumer segments and gives key insights into the behavior and preferences of each. How do we ensure the validity of consumer pulse research structure and procedures? Read more here.

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