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Biz Opp: We’re ‘Too Busy Relaxing’ to Care About Energy Efficiency

March 26, 2013
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Biz Opp: We’re ‘Too Busy Relaxing’ to Care About Energy Efficiency

Being "too busy relaxing" seems like an absurd statement. Though there's some oxymornic truth to it, especially in regards to people thinking about their energy use. Yet this also creates a business opportunity for home automation.

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Where Is ‘Big Data’ for Building Energy Headed?

March 25, 2013
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Where Is ‘Big Data’ for Building Energy Headed?

Energy data analytics company Retroficiency has an idea: What if it used the data it collects from millions of square feet of building space to help marketers identify energy-efficiency equipment opportunities in commercial buildings? Is “Big Data” marketing coming to the world of building energy?

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Crestron Announces Wireless LED Dimmers

March 20, 2013
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Crestron Announces Wireless LED Dimmers

As the market for LED lighting continues to heat up, we’re bound to see more retrofit-friendly products like control company Crestron’s new CLW-DELV wireless dimmers. The latest additions to Crestron’s Cameo infiNET EX line of dimmers and switches provide in-wall RF dimming of electronic low voltage (ELV) fixtures such as today’s popular incandescent, halogen...

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Hot Solar Market Can Lead to Other Energy Tech Opportunities

March 19, 2013
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Hot Solar Market Can Lead to Other Energy Tech Opportunities

Solar power is red hot. You’d have to live in a cave not to realize that solar photovoltaic (PV) is growing at an accelerated rate. And solar’s growth and acceptance should lead to other business opportunities for green tech and energy efficiency professionals. Last week GTM Research and SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) released...

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Home Energy Efficiency is Now About Curbing Electricity Use

March 18, 2013
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Home Energy Efficiency is Now About Curbing Electricity Use

Note to those reluctant to market home energy efficiency technologies because “it’s all about HVAC”: Heating and cooling combined no longer represents the majority of energy use in the home, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Estimates from the agency’s most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) indicate that appliances, electronics, lighting and...

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Can Custom Electronics Guys Play in the Smart Grid Space?

March 14, 2013
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Can Custom Electronics Guys Play in the Smart Grid Space?

Is there a utility play for custom electronics integrators to install home networking and energy efficiency technologies in the millions of home serviced by a smart grid? The possibilities have been discussed for years, without much of anything happening. And yet, at least a couple of well-regarded electronics industry pros believe there could be...

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Using Data Analytics in Zero-Touch Building Energy Assessments

March 11, 2013
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Using Data Analytics in Zero-Touch Building Energy Assessments

You’ve heard about “Big Data” and how it’s being used to track our purchases and preferences, but data can also be used to help buildings save energy. One company on the data bandwagon is Massachusetts-based FirstFuel, which uses data analytics to identify energy-saving opportunities in buildings, institutions and utilities—without ever stepping foot in the...

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LEDs Light Up Bay Bridge

March 7, 2013
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LEDs Light Up Bay Bridge

Light now waves and shimmers at night across the cables of the San Francisco Bay Bridge in the largest LED art installation to date. Produced by artist Leo Villareal, with the help of 25,000 Philips 1-inch LEDs that span the cables, The Bay Lights went live this week and for two years will turn...

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Billions Available in ESPCs for Gov’t Energy Efficiency Projects

March 5, 2013
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Billions Available in ESPCs for Gov’t Energy Efficiency Projects

Perhaps energy efficiency should be made a big part of the perpetual budget talks in Washington. Billions of dollars worth of energy efficiency improvements—and savings—are available to federal government agencies, according to testimony at last week’s Congressional hearing by House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee on “American Energy Security...

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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

February 28, 2013
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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

As covered in a previous post, there appears to be strong bipartisan support for energy efficiency in Congress, but how programs that encourage energy efficiency will be implemented remains to be seen. The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “American Energy Security and Innovation:...

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