Remember when the meter man around to read your meter?
SmartGrids make it a thing of the past. Hate paying for three separate utility
bills? SmartGrids can solve that too by grouping all your utilities into one
bill. SmartGrids can also do things you could only dream of 5 years ago, like
showing you online charts of your energy usage, letting you know when
electricity is cheapest, and even controlling your thermostat from anywhere in
the world via the internet.
Tallahassee, Fl. Is the one of the first cities in the
nation to roll out a SmartGrid system and GovTech has a great piece on how its
going to help the city and it citizens save money, time, and resources. It’s
worth the read!
Such is the case at Elgin, Illinois where a man developed an iPhone app to help people park smarter and avoid parking tickets. In some
cities, similar aps have appeared and been shut down for reducing parking
ticket income. But in Elgin, the city has actually embraced the application has
a way to reduce congestion and help people get to where they are going faster,
which in theory, should help increase sales, accessibility, and reduce costs related
to dealing with that congestion. In the end it’s a win-win for the city and its
citizens. Sure, the city might see less parking ticket income but it should
more than make up for it in increased revenue from businesses and reduced
That’s why this story caught my why: Sacramento has given
all of their city council members Kindles and will be using them to distribute
documents for council meetings. Not only is it convenient but its saving them
tons of money on paper costs. On average, each city council member consumed one
ream of paper per day. With paper at $50 a box, that can ad up to a tremendous
monthly savings for cash strapped cities and it won't take long for those Kindles to pay for themselves. I’ll be keeping an eye out for other
ways that cities can use technology to reduce their expensive paper footprint
and if you have any ideas, let me know!
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