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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reluctant to market home energy efficiency technologies because “it’s all about HVAC”: Heating and cooling combined no longer represents the majority of energy use in the home, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.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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Personalization is Key to Energy Savings

February 18, 2013
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Personalization is Key to Energy Savings

Personalization will be a key element in smart buildings and homes going forward. Combined with automation and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, it can allow us to personalize spaces for individuals or groups through climate control, lighting, security settings, audio/video needs and more.

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EPEAT Expands To Include Printers And Copiers

February 15, 2013
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EPEAT Expands To Include Printers And Copiers

For over six years the EPEAT registry has helped businesses, organizations, and government agencies select greener PCs and monitors. Now the organization has expanded its system to include printers, copy machines, scanners, and other imaging equipment.

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Parks Associates Looks at Engaging Consumers in Home Energy Management

February 12, 2013
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Parks Associates Looks at Engaging Consumers in Home Energy Management

What are the best business plays for providing energy management services in the home? If you’re with a utility rolling out energy-saving smart grid programs or looking to sell energy management systems in the mass home market, you may want to trek to San Antonio, Texas for the Parks Associates Smart Energy Summit April...

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Blizzard of Opportunity for GreenTech in Businesses, Homes

February 11, 2013
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Blizzard of Opportunity for GreenTech in Businesses, Homes

Storms like the blizzard Nemo and Hurricane Sandy are taking their toll on people’s energy-dependent psyches. As a result, more business and home owners consider energy storage systems for backup power. These can be great GreenTech opportunities to also sell more energy-efficiency technologies.

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Smart Dimmers Available via Crowdfunding

February 8, 2013
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Smart Dimmers Available via Crowdfunding

Note: Ube has moved to Kickstarter. The original post provided links to Indiegogo. You can become a dealer by buying three Smart Dimmers and sending an email saying you ordered to info@myube.com If you like dimming your lights to save energy, and you like the idea of controlling lights and your energy use from a...

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HEMs Market Has Potential, But Remains Largely Untapped

February 7, 2013
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HEMs Market Has Potential, But Remains Largely Untapped

This is no surprise: A new research brief from Pike Research states a clear, yet unrealized potential for home energy management (HEM) systems from broadband service providers. Service providers such as ADT, Comcast, Verizon, Vivint, Alarm.com  and others offer limited home control capabilities along with security and other features, including some energy management of...

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Solar Battery Backup Marketed Through A/V Dealers

February 6, 2013
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Solar Battery Backup Marketed Through A/V Dealers

NewPower’s Emergency Back-up Power System features 4.5 kw of solar PV, 8 kw of battery storage and an 8-kw generator. It is being marketed through audio/video and electronics installation firms, and could even be used to make a home entertainment system green.

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Smart Home Building Requires Smart Collaboration

February 5, 2013
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Smart Home Building Requires Smart Collaboration

Building in the 21st century requires holistic building practices—and not just in constructing a sustainable or smart home where the materials and build quality can affect design, heating and cooling, energy needs. All the subsystems should also work in sync. And so should the various trades on a project.

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Energy Harvesting Devices to Use ZigBee Green Power

February 1, 2013
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Energy Harvesting Devices to Use ZigBee Green Power

Smart buildings, homes and industrial facilities will soon use more and more energy harvesting devices that create their own power to run – and wireless ZigBee networks will be a part of that. The ZigBee Alliance recently made Green Power, which is an optional feature on the ZigBee Pro 2012 specification, available for manufacturers....

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