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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 below.

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Question 1 of 10

What is a night-time rate discount for electricity costs?

A. Electricity cost is 20% cheaper from 7pm to 7am and 20% more expensive in day-time hours than the standard rate
B. Electricity cost is 20% more expensive from 7pm to 7am and 20% cheaper in day-time hours than the standard rate
C. Electricity cost is the same at night-time as it is in day-time hours
D. This doesn’t exist, in all places, electricity is always the same cost
Question 2 of 10

Please select below which is a characteristic of smart thermostats different from older programmable thermostats:

A. Smart thermostats have external communication and control capabilities that enable AC cycling and other types of demand response programs
B. Smart thermostats can be remotely accessed for long-term troubleshooting and maintenance
C. Smart thermostats can connect to your Wi-Fi and be controlled through your mobile device
D. All of the above
Question 3 of 10

True or False: It doesn’t matter when you run your washer, electricity production is the same no matter what time of day.

A. True
B. False
Question 4 of 10

To have the best chance reducing strain on the electric grid and minimizing the cost of electricity, what’s the best time to use electricity?

A. 11 am to 4 pm
B. 2 pm to 7 pm
C. 4 pm to 9 pm
D. 6 pm to 11 pm
Question 5 of 10

True or False: Smart Cities, cities that have deployed the integration of information, communications, and technology solutions across areas of a city, can result in cleaner air, less city traffic, expansion of WI-FI networks, lower energy costs and increased employment opportunities?

A. True
B. False
Question 6 of 10

Increasing the U.S. Grid’s efficiency by 9% by 2030 amounts to which of the following?

A. 7.6 thousand round-trip flights from JFK to Charles de Gaulle
B. 378 billion air conditioned homes
C. 99 million year of refrigerator use
D. 1.7 trillion miles in an electric car
Question 7 of 10

True or False: The smart grid helps make distributed generation, a process of generating your own power at or near the point of use, more possible, reliable and efficient?

A. True
B. False
Question 8 of 10

Solar panels and windmills are some examples of distributed generation, which of the following is another example?

A. Nuclear power
B. Electric vehicle batteries
C. Coal-fired power plants
D. Hydro plant
Question 9 of 10

In addition to reducing your carbon footprint and convenience of charging your car at home instead of going to a gas station, electric vehicle owners can save roughly how much more over five years compared to traditional gas vehicle owners?

A. $500
B. $1,000
C. $5,000
D. $10,000
Question 10 of 10

Assuming 100% application, smart grid is capable of reducing CO2 emissions in the electricity sector by what percentage by 2030?

A. 1%
B. 18%
C. 50%
D. 75%

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