Figure 1: Energy providers, the development of a nationwide smart grid and energy-conscious consumers will usher in a new era of smart energy use
One of the applications of this set of technologies is to improve energy consumption, also termed smart energy. The concept behind smart energy is controlling energy use internally, within the home, and externally from the home to outside connected devices, networks, and the smart grid itself—all with the goal of optimizing energy production, distribution, and usage. Bi-directional communication between home networks and the power grid opens up possibilities for improved reliability and sustainability.
Figure 2: In a typical smart home, devices such as a washing machine, an in-home display, and a power meter all work together in tandem –to make the home and grid smarter