ISU Developing 'Smart Grid' Technology

Published 08/01 2014 08:24PM

Updated 08/01 2014 09:01PM

NORMAL - Illinois State University is working on a program to make home owners "smarter" about managing energy needs.

The school received a $450,000 grant, which helped a team of 15 assemble a portable home with appliances and smart meters to demonstrate how to save money just by running things during off hours.

Organizers have seen savings of about 30 percent each month.

“I feel that the potential is really great for this project because the students are going to interact with it in more of a real-life concept, instead of a pretend model play set, like at a museum,” said Lindsay Longstreth, Smart Grid project manager.

The portable lab will be heading up to Chicago Saturday. Team members say it will be used in classrooms beginning sometime in September.

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