Green Electronics

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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How Sustainable Technology Can Repair U.S. Infrastructure

April 2, 2013
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How Sustainable Technology Can Repair U.S. Infrastructure

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers provides a Report Card for America’s infrastructure. This year the United States received a D+. It’s a slight improvement from four years ago, but still pathetic. Our infrastructure—the very thing that more than 315 million people in the United States rely on every day—is crumbling....

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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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If You Employ Remote Monitoring, You’re Greener Than You Think

March 21, 2013
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If You Employ Remote Monitoring, You’re Greener Than You Think

Remote monitoring systems like Panamax/Furman's BlueBolt allow connected electronics to be rebooted remotely and help make systems integrators and their customers more sustainable in a number of ways. Read about remote monitoring's domino effect of sustainability—and why more of it is needed.

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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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