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Digest: The Importance of LEDs, Smartphone Apps & the Cloud

December 8, 2011
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Digest: The Importance of LEDs, Smartphone Apps & the Cloud

Also in GreenTech news: $4 billion in energy efficiency upgrades for buildings, what Lighting Facts labels mean, enterprise-level energy management software leaders, LG gets way greener, and tax credits for efficient water heaters.

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Selling Green to the Government

December 7, 2011
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Selling Green to the Government

If you sell green and sustainable services, the United States government wants you—as a small business sustainable partner. Opportunities in going green were the focus of a recent webinar by Outreach Program Manager Christy L. Jackiewicz of the General Services Administration’s Office of Small Business Utilization. The GSA offers professional services, equipment, supplies, telecommunications,...

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Report: Energy Efficient Buildings Market Set to Soar

December 5, 2011
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Report: Energy Efficient Buildings Market Set to Soar

The global market for energy efficiency in buildings will grow from $77.8 billion to 103.4 billion by 2017, affording a huge growth opportunity for energy service companies (ESCOs) and energy-efficiency companies like HVAC sellers, according to a Pike Research report. Growth will occur at a compound annual rate of 7 percent, representing a pretty...

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Will More Efficient New Homes Lead to More Energy Management?

November 16, 2011
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Will More Efficient New Homes Lead to More Energy Management?

It’s nice to see that some homebuilders are embracing more efficient energy efficiency standards. And that should lead to more need for home energy management systems and other green technologies in the home. As EE News reports: More than 400 construction firms, including several of the largest American homebuilders, plan to follow stingy new...

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Powerhouse Dynamics Raises $3 Million for Commercial Energy Monitoring

November 1, 2011
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Powerhouse Dynamics Raises $3 Million for Commercial Energy Monitoring

Energy monitor maker Powerhouse Dynamics announced today it has raised $3 million in Series A funding, which will fuel its expansion into the commercial facilities market. Since its introduction for consumers in 2010, the company’s award-winning eMonitor has been saving customers 20 percent or more on their energy costs. The company has recently released...

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Green Tech in a Sustainable Home: Retaining the Human Touch

October 17, 2011
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Green Tech in a Sustainable Home: Retaining the Human Touch

How do green and energy-efficient technologies fit into the whole concept of a sustainable home? Among the green tech and energy-efficient features being built into a contemporary home under construction in Hingham, Mass., are solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, electronic lighting control, passive solar heating, staggered stud construction, ZIP System structural wall panels...

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Efficient Homes of the Near Future

October 6, 2011
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Efficient Homes of the Near Future

Great news from the recently completed Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C.: Energy efficiency in homes isn’t just about solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technologies. In-home energy management and energy efficiency is important to monitor, regulate and control energy use within a home. The competition, which pitted 19 college teams in a competition to...

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Any Hope for Home Star Rebates?

October 3, 2011
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Any Hope for Home Star Rebates?

Energy could be a topic for the U.S. Congress this fall. But will homeowners be rewarded with real incentives for making energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes? I had a chance to speak with legislative aides for Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Scott Brown, (R-Mass.) about this subject last week at the EnergySmart Conference hosted...

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They Just Don’t Get It: Why Energy Efficiency is the Key

September 27, 2011
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They Just Don’t Get It: Why Energy Efficiency is the Key

Why do media references to “green” and “green tech” always seem to be about renewable energy sources like solar and wind power? A signature New York Times hand-wringing piece, Why is the U.S. Losing the Green Race, concerns itself primarily with the federal government’s investment in the failed solar energy company Solyndra. Several green...

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A Better Rooftop Wind Turbine?

September 13, 2011
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A Better Rooftop Wind Turbine?

Sauer Energy, the latest entrant in the small wind-turbine market, will launch commercial production of its WindCharger vertical-axis wind turbine in November, and is on schedule to begin distribution in early 2012, the company said. The WindCharger prototype debuted in May, at the WindPower 2011 Conference and Exhibition. According to Sauer, the vertical-axis turbine is cheap to manufacture,...

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