August 12, 2022

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A Look at Smart Energy and Smart Lighting in Action

Last week we shared an overview of the technologies that allow for smart lighting technology. This week, we’re exploring how human [...]

Simultaneous heat waves are impacting large portions of the planet, with temperatures reaching 113 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of Portugal in July, and 115 degrees in parts of Iran. 

A warming planet is expected to increase demand for air conditioning, which, in turn, may increase demand for electricity. The increased need for power can strain electricity grids and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. 

As a heatwave descended on the Washington D.C. area in August, 2022 IEEE President-elect and IEEE Life Fellow Saifur Rahman made an appearance on a local news station to discuss small steps that residents can take to reduce energy consumption. 

He told the station that in residential homes, air conditioning is the largest driver of electricity usage. In commercial buildings, lighting and air conditioning are both major sources of electricity consumption. 

But small changes to the way we use air conditioning and lighting can yield a big impact. Raising the thermostat by two degrees Fahrenheit can cut electricity bills by 10 percent. Dimming lights by 20 percent goes unnoticed by those in the office, but results in a 10 percent energy savings. 

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