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MyEnergy Looks to Gamify Energy Efficiency

April 19, 2013
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MyEnergy Looks to Gamify Energy Efficiency

Gamification may be become the way to save energy—if Boston-based efficiency startup MyEnergy has its way. The company has a free rewards program via its website and is working with utilities on programs that engage customers in energy efficiency through competitions. MyEnergy says its free software platform can access the energy usage of about...

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Energy Monitoring Saves on Bills in this Naturally Green Home

April 17, 2013
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Energy Monitoring Saves on Bills in this Naturally Green Home

Not every green home requires a bounty of solar panels or other systems to produce clean energy. Conserving energy is the cleanest energy of all. That’s what this 2,500-square-foot vacation home in northern Vermont accomplishes with some serious energy monitoring—while celebrating its habitat by bringing nature indoors. Green construction materials and the addition of...

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Home Energy Management Through Energy Efficiency Services?

April 16, 2013
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Home Energy Management Through Energy Efficiency Services?

“Customers are not being provided easy energy solutions for their homes,” says Claire Broido Johnson, chief of New Markets and Services for New England-based home efficiency provider Next Step Living. That’s the problem affecting everything from insulation and air-sealing contractors to high-tech energy monitoring and management companies. Johnson and others spoke on the topic...

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Take it from the Tea Party: Energy Efficiency Doesn’t Have to Be a Green Idea

April 10, 2013
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Take it from the Tea Party: Energy Efficiency Doesn’t Have to Be a Green Idea

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can’t sell energy efficiency products or services to those who don’t fit the typical eco-conscious or green personas. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club and a keynote speaker at last week’s Babson College Energy and Environmental Conference, cites that some of solar company Sungevity’s top...

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We’re on the Threshold of Big Data for Home Energy Automation

April 9, 2013
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We’re on the Threshold of Big Data for Home Energy Automation

When control and automation company Savant Systems introduced its SST-W1000 wireless thermostat recently, it marked a first for the company. Now it has its own thermostat, as well as supporting others. But other than that, no big deal, right? Another Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, ho hum. But as Savant’s executive vice president of Corporate Strategy &...

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How Green are HDTVs?

April 8, 2013
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How Green are HDTVs?

We’ve been waiting for this for a while: EPEAT, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry is now including HDTVs. EPEAT asses products from computers to printers and imaging equipment based on a number of environmental criteria, including energy conservation, recyclability, reduction of hazardous materials, material selection, packaging and corporate performance—going way beyond what...

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ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things

April 4, 2013
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ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things

There has been a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but how important is it to energy efficiency? The new ZigBee IP standard for wireless RF mesh networking gives us a glimpse at how the smart grid and the Internet of Things can come together to enhance energy efficiency. ZigBee IP is...

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Are Smart Buildings Taking Off?

April 3, 2013
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Are Smart Buildings Taking Off?

Smart building and smart building technologies appear to be gaining favor among building owners. IDC Energy Insights announced new preliminary survey data this week showing that 50 percent of the respondents reported that they use Smart Building technologies today, with another 33 percent stating they would use smart building technologies in the next six...

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People Want Energy Efficiency; It’s Time to Show Them the Way

March 28, 2013
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People Want Energy Efficiency; It’s Time to Show Them the Way

A funny thing happens when people know I write about green technology. They get ideas—and great conversations result. Fact is, people are interested in energy efficiency. You don’t have to “green,” or “liberal,” or geeky or techie or anything else to want to save energy.

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Big Data, Internet of Things Will Improve Efficiency and Profitability

March 27, 2013
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Big Data, Internet of Things Will Improve Efficiency and Profitability

Big Data, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and cloud-based data analytics: What does it all mean for building energy management? And businesses?   The world, apparently. Or a rave new world, which has huge implications for businesses, according to a GreenBiz webcast, “Sensors, Buildings and the Coming Internet of Things.” The Internet...

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