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Andrea Blackmore
Demand flexibility – changing how we use energy

The Rocky Mountain Institute has released a new report suggesting that there’s a less noticed change under way in how we use energy at home — and pay for it — that could have dramatic potential.

The institute calls it “demand flexibility” or the potentially catchier “flexiwatts.” Both terms refer to the growing ability, through the use of a variety of timers and controls, for homeowners to determine precisely when during the day (or night) their home’s energy hogs – like, say, the hot water heater or the electric car charger – draw their power.

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