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Storm Surge of Energy Efficiency?

November 5, 2012
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Storm Surge of Energy Efficiency?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we can find plenty of stories about climate change and possible solutions to storm surges and rising seas. Is that good news for those of us selling and promoting energy efficiency? Maybe. Will we see a storm surge of interest in green technologies and energy efficiency in the...

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Philips’ hue Adds Color to Wireless LED Lighting Control

October 31, 2012
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Philips’ hue Adds Color to Wireless LED Lighting Control

I haven’t been the greatest fan of wireless LED lighting controlled via mobile apps, but the Philips hue may do more for energy-efficient LED lighting and green home control than many other systems. Why? Color, that’s why.

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GE Touts the iPhone-Connected Hybrid Water Heater

October 25, 2012
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GE Touts the iPhone-Connected Hybrid Water Heater

Are connected smart appliances and energy management systems that can save us scads on our utility bills finally, finally going to be a factor in our homes? GE plans as much—and is attempting to kickstart some interest with its own GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater, which it says uses 62 percent less electricity than a...

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Heating, Hot Water with Solar PV

October 22, 2012
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Heating, Hot Water with Solar PV

Can you get all of a home’s electricity, heating and hot water from a solar photovoltaic (PV) electric system? That’s what Dave and Suzy Enos of Bedford, Mass., are doing with their home and a 1,300-square-foot addition. The panels for a 10-kilowatt Sanyo solar electric array line the roof over the Enoses’ new three-car...

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Updated eMonitor App Allows Drilling Down to See Energy Use for Individual Circuits

October 11, 2012
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Updated eMonitor App Allows Drilling Down to See Energy Use for Individual Circuits

A hands-on overview of Powerhouse Dynamics' upgraded iOS and Android app that allows you to "drill down" to see usage reports of individual circuits. This is good for homeowners, and great for businesses and facility managers.

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Making the Efficiency Ethos Easy

October 8, 2012
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Making the Efficiency Ethos Easy

Why don’t we have electric cars (EVs)—or for that matter, all manner of energy-efficient technologies in our homes and businesses? Some clues are in Maggie Koerth-Baker’s New York Times Magazine piece, “Why Your Car Isn’t Electric,” which explores the socio-economic reasons for adopting one technology over the other. Koerth-Baker chronicles the century-old battle between...

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Futuristic House Goes Futuristic Green

October 3, 2012
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Futuristic House Goes Futuristic Green

It’s cool to control your A/V, lighting and security systems from a TV screen. But have you ever seen high-efficiency boilers and electrically heated windows monitored like that? Larry Winkler, owner of the famous Sculptured House, featured in a recent slide show on ElectronicHouse.com, can do just that in his Star Trek-inspired command center/utility...

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Are Tablets a Green Option?

September 25, 2012
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iPads

Tablet computers like the Apple iPad are gaining more and more market share. And let’s face it: They’re convenient and fun to use. Sitting in front of the TV with a tablet is much easier than parking a notebook computer in your lap. But are they green? Tablets can certainly consume less energy than...

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Lines on Climate Change Being Redrawn?

September 19, 2012
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Lines on Climate Change Being Redrawn?

The drought and extreme heat that has bedeviled much of the United States and other parts of the world this summer has brought some changes in perceptions about global warming and climate change  that could be key to selling green and energy efficiency technologies. And it may involve a technique used in mediation. I...

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New Age of Energy Automation

September 13, 2012
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New Age of Energy Automation

You’ve heard the expression “there’s more than one way to skin a cat”?  The same applies to energy management: there’s way more than one way to sell it. Because few us remember to do things like set our thermostats or turn off the lights to be more efficient, many electronic manufacturers are building energy...

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