Control your home power consumption based on the price of energy
Just imagin how much money we could save if we would be able to control our home power consumption at the level of the appliance based on the current price of energy. A group of people from the Washington and Oregon states are now testing software and devices that allow them to do just that.
"Approximately 200 homes will receive real-time price information through a broadband Internet connection and automated equipment that will adjust energy use based on price. In addition, some customers will have computer chips embedded in their dryers and water heaters that can sense when the power transmission system is under stress and automatically turn off certain functions briefly until the grid can be stabilized by power operators."