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Responsive devices

Responsive, or “smart,” devices and appliances (e.g. air conditioners, hot water heaters, refrigerators, and clothes washers and dryers) can temporarily reduce energy consumption during peak energy demand periods. This “demand response” may be triggered by a signal from the utility during a peak demand event, or by intraday price increases in areas where local utilities provide dynamic, “time of use” pricing. Customers control home energy usage automatically through devices like the Nest Learning Thermostat, which studies the habits and patterns of consumers to find the most optimal use of energy.

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