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How Big a Deal is Ford’s MyEnergi Lifestyle Collaborative?

January 28, 2013
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How Big a Deal is Ford’s MyEnergi Lifestyle Collaborative?

What’s really up with Ford’s MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration of electric vehicle (EV), solar and smart appliances that was so highly touted at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month? GreenTech Advocates has been interviewing the participants, and we’ve found out a bunch of cool stuff about the program, some of which was not initially...

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For Smart Grid Success, Look to Oklahoma

January 21, 2013
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For Smart Grid Success, Look to Oklahoma

One of the best places to look for how smart-grid energy efficiency can be achieved on scale is Oklahoma. Yes, the land of abundant gas fracking and climate change denier Sen. James Inhofe has become a model for successful smart grid deployment. The environmental stuff doesn’t matter, because customers of Oklahoma Gas & Electric...

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Energy Monitor Myths, the Greenest Home in America, and Educational Marketing for Green Tech

January 17, 2013
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In our inaugural podcast, we discuss the key articles for this week and next. Steve and Mike talk about the latest energy monitor myth, the greenest home in America, marketing for green tech, and the upcoming GTA survey.

Music courtesy Genius of the Heard.

In upcoming podcasts we’ll feature interviews and answers to reader questions. Have a comment or question for Steve and Mike? Comment on the post — we’ll answer the best questions in an future podcast. Is there someone in the Green Tech area you’d love to hear interviewed? Let us know and we’ll hunt them down just for you!

Smart Grid Survey Shows Need for Efficiency, but Lack of Awareness

January 16, 2013
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Smart Grid Survey Shows Need for Efficiency, but Lack of Awareness

It’s more good news/bad news for utilities rolling out smart grid programs. According to new survey by Pike Research, consumers are concerned about their electricity usage, but are not always willing to adopt new products and services that can help them curb their electricity consumption. Smart grid and smart meter favorability is up, but...

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Do Control Systems Use More Energy Than They Save?

January 15, 2013
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Do Control Systems Use More Energy Than They Save?

I keep hearing something disturbing—and unfortunately uneducated—from the mouths of some green and green building experts, who seem to believe that technologies such as automation systems, lighting control and energy monitoring systems use more energy than they save. I have called experts to see if anyone can quantify this, and best response I’ve received...

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Happiness in Electronics?

January 10, 2013
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Happiness in Electronics?

More and more we read about electronics making our lives unhappier instead of more fulfilling. The CES show going on this week may be electronics overload, but can green tech and energy efficiency technologies make people happy?

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Insights from a Green Tech VC

January 9, 2013
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Insights from a Green Tech VC

A Q&A with clean tech venture capitalist and green homeowner Paul Holland, who offers insights on green tech, the role of home automation and what makes a good clean tech investment.

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‘Greenest Home in America’ Relies on Efficiency Technologies

January 8, 2013
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‘Greenest Home in America’ Relies on Efficiency Technologies

Energy conservation was a key driver in building Tah.Mah.Lah, which may be the greenest house in America. Everything from a solar system to geothermal to water conservation has energy savings in mind. And all these sustainable building systems get a huge boost from some very cool home technologies.

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CEA Energy Calculator Could Wake People Up to Energy Efficiency

November 29, 2012
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CEA Energy Calculator Could Wake People Up to Energy Efficiency

Want to calculate your home electronics’ energy usage? The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has launched an interactive Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator on its GreenerGadgets.org web site that could wake people up to better electronics energy efficiency. The calculator works by dragging and dropping electronics icons into the illustrated house and then inputting estimated hours...

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Rockin’ Without a Carbon Footprint

November 20, 2012
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Rockin’ Without a Carbon Footprint

Step into this Dallas-area house, and you are stepping into the near future—one in which serves up plenty of today’s coolest digital home entertainments along with a heaping, healthy dose of eco-friendliness, without any compromise. A 10.56-kilowatt rooftop solar array helps power 14 zones of high-quality audio, three surround-sound systems and a home theater...

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