Smart Grid refers to a modern electrical grid that integrates a digital communication overlay on the electro-mechanical grid from the power plant to the end-use appliance.
A blog about Energy and Environment from the New York Times.
Did you know: 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off?
"If you live in a typical U.S. home, your appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20 percent of your energy bills. These appliances and electronics include everything from clothes washers and dryers, to computers, to water heaters. By shopping for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label and turning off appliances when they're not in use, you can achieve real savings in your monthly energy bill.
Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off.