Imagine a refrigerator that suggests recipes or a vacuum that doubles as home security system. What used to seem impossible may soon be available in the marketplace for your home. This new technology of home helpers, known as "smart appliances," are designed to simplify everyday tasks, from helping you decide what you want to cook, to cleanup time, to tracking and adjusting energy consumption.
Utility “smart meter” not necessary
Smart appliances do not generally require utility equipment changes because they are accessed via the Internet or a smartphone application.
Find results from two studies on the Energy.gov website - How Energy Consumers Respond to Smart Grid Technology