The Illinois power grid is getting an upgrade. Think you already know how the smart grid and smart meter technology affects you? Take our quiz to find out!
You don’t need to. You’ll get one eventually.
You don’t need to call your electric utility to request a smart meter. Both Ameren and ComEd have schedules over the next several years for replacement of analog meters with the new, digital, “smart” meters. Use the search function on the homepage to find out when your town is expected to receive them.
No one. The smart grid catches power outages.
The Ghostbusters. This qualifies as something strange in the neighborhood.
The utility. That’s what we’ve always done.
A team of ninjas. They’re quick and smart.
Ninjas are quick and smart but the smart grid is quicker and smarter. The smart grid enables a connected, digital communication network on the electrical grid. This means when there's an outage, the smart grid can sense that and send the information to the utility, speeding up response times to blackouts.
Nope. You also have to use the information it provides.
Yes, it squeezes electrons harder to you get more energy out of them.
Yes, the way just having more information available makes you smarter.
Does your analog meter help you save money?
The meter by itself isn’t going to reduce how much electricity you use, or how much you pay for it. But it will help you take a better look at your use, and not wait until the end of the month when it’s too late to adjust anything, to do things to save money. Your utility will have tools on their website (you’ll need an account number to get them, generally), that will show you how much energy you use, and when you use the most. You can also look into different time-based pricing programs and learn to use energy during evenings and weekends if you want to try to save even more. The meter will tell you how you’re doing, hour by hour. The rest is up to you.
Peak time rebate programs
On peak usage maximization
Wouldn’t Ultimate Energy be a great name for a time-of-use electric product? But it’s not. We made it up. But Ameren and ComEd both offer peak time rebate programs, which provide you a bill credit if you reduce your usage during periods of peak energy demand. You have to sign up for them, and they will generally call for reductions on hot summer afternoons, a few times a year. You don’t lose anything if you do nothing, but you could save some money if you respond by shifting your use to off-peak times.
Manage how much you’re spending on electricity.
Conserve energy and help make your city and planet Earth cleaner.
See how much energy your home is using on any given day, from anywhere, using the web or your smartphone.
Trick question! All answers are correct, except time travel. Though it would be really cool, you can’t time travel with a smart meter, but you can time shift your electricity usage, using less when the price of electricity is higher and more when it’s cheaper. Shifting when you use electricity lets you be in control of how much energy you use and how much you pay for it.