The Role of AI in Moving to Smarter Energy

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Most of our old practices and items have become obsolete over time. 

This has been the case for our household with old items slowly needed upgraded versions. These upgrades weren’t because of aesthetic purposes but rather something more functional like in terms of product and energy efficiency. In particular, these upgraded versions have started integrating what is known today as smart technology or artificial intelligence. 

Coupled with the climate change phenomenon pressing for change with clean, cheap, and more reliable energy, AI has often come to the picture as a way to meet this need. The rise of low carbon and green electricity is just one of the ways AI is applied today. 

What is AI? 

AI systems usually demonstrate to some extent behaviors that are more commonly associated with human intelligence. These include planning, learning, reasoning, problem-solving, knowledge representation, motion, perception, and manipulation. Today, we are not a stranger to Ai as it can be applied seamlessly anywhere from our phone’s virtual assistants, to detecting our debit/credit card fraud. 

 AI is also integrated into everyday appliances from our phones, to our refrigerators, and the like. In this case, AI here is being used to manage energy use. Because of this, it can predict habits we do so that it can adjust and even shut down to adjust for us. AI has the power to create forecasts for electricity demand which lessens the need for backup mechanisms. 

AI in the bigger picture 

It has been said by reports that artificial intelligence or AI can help cut greenhouse gas emissions of 1.5-4% by 2030 in key sectors such as agriculture, energy, transport, and water. Among those sectors, energy is where AI can greatly help, alongside transportation. 

Even if AI is still fairly in its early stages of implementation, it is set to change the way we produce, transmit, and consume energy. An effect that this can bring is that AI can help in limiting the environmental impact even when demand is growing at a steady pace. At the same time here, energy production is also diversifying. 

AI and energy do not exist in a vacuum. As time goes on, they are becoming more and more intertwined as computing power, data, collection and storage capabilities also grow at an exponential rate each year. 

AI can be beneficial because for energy used in grids as the use of the predictive machine-learning algorithms of AI can give the consumers the foresight and power over their own energy profile. AI is said to be reshaping the relationship between the consumer and the supplier. 

The Smarter Way? 

AI like most technology is built to make our lives easier and more convenient. But the bottom line here is that at the same time it gives consumers more control than ever because of the machine-learning that the AI has on patterns, habits, and behaviors. On an energy consumption perspective especially for households that contain a lot of AI-powered appliances, this means good news as it can help cut down on unwanted costs. 

Just the same, whether you are already using appliances at home with AI or are just thinking of making the upgrade to the ‘smarter’ choice, knowing how much energy you consume is important. This means being an active consumer of energy and being aware of the times when you consume the most and knowing which areas you can improve on. Having an energy monitoring system is an important partner in knowing more about your real-time energy usage. You can achieve that with Envision Monitoring System. With real-time and historical data at your fingertips with our accessible app, having control over your energy usage has never been easier and more convenient. Learn more about Envision here.

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