I always wondered why someone would want to job of entering into a stranger’s backyard in order to read the power meter. There’s so much that could go wrong: dogs, children, some guy with a shotgun, etc. Well, NEC just made that job a little easier….oh, and helping save the planet too! NEC has just introduced a LCD microcontroller for home power management. This not only eliminates the need for meter readers to risk their lives but it also integrates with Smart Grid technologies. Energy provides can better managed power demand and efficiency.