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What Does a Smart Grid Amount to? [Infographic]

“The smart grid is the evolution of our current electrical grid, using new technology to optimise the conservation and delivery of power…”

According the the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, the successful implementation of a smart grid in the U.S. would increase the efficiency of today’s system by 9%. This upgrade would prevent the waste of 400 billion kilowatt-hours every single year – an impressive energy gain – but to most of us that just looks like a big number.

This infographic puts the figure into a number of contexts that can help us get our heads around the concept: 1.7 trillion miles in an electric car, several lifetimes of air travel, $41 billion saved in year one, and more… (Be sure to click to enlarge)

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Click to enlarge image // Source: smartgridcc.org