A Department of Energy (DOE) smart grid demonstration project in Olympic Peninsula, Washington found that consumers save 10 percent on their utility bills.
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Smart appliances costing $600 million can provide as much reserve capacity to the grid as power plants worth $6 billion.
Automated vehicle technology can drastically reduce and potentially eliminate the 94 percent of crashes caused by human error.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that approximately 4,000 to 5,000 miles of drinking water mains are replaced annually.
The United States loses approximately 6 billion gallons a day—enough water to supply the entire state of California.
A significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the United States.
There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the United States.
The average household water bill is about $335 per year.
There are approximately 151,000 public water systems in the United States.
Of the $472.6 billion needed to safeguard the nation’s drinking water, the most significant expense, $312.6 billion, should go to replacing aging pipes, many of which are 50 to 100 years old.
Capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater systems are estimated to total $271 billion over the next 25 years.
America must invest $472.6 billion in drinking water systems over the next 20 years to maintain a safe supply for millions of Americans.