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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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Smart Cities Fact Sheet

SGCC's fact sheet on smart cities explores why consumers should care about smart cities, why grid modernization is a critical component and examples from around the country while ultimately showing that we’re all in this together. Download the fact sheet.

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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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The Next Innovation

With technological advances and the growing capability to utilize clean renewable energy, the smart grid will offer you, the energy consumer more convenience, savings and choice. Discover how it’s helping utility companies restore power outages more quickly. Plus, you’ll see how a smarter grid is a cleaner grid by making renewable energy sources like electric vehicles, wind and solar accessible and scalable.

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Why We Need A Revolution In Energy Storage

If we ever want to get off fossil fuels and start using renewable energy, we're going to need a revolution in energy storage. That means batteries. Bigger, stronger, and just better, ok? And maybe, just maybe, we'll finally be able to realize humanity's dream of confusing the ghost of Thomas Edison! Watch the video here.

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