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Why Solar and EVs Will Be Game Changers

January 3, 2013
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Why Solar and EVs Will Be Game Changers

American consumers continue to show strong support for renewables and alternative-fuel vehicles, while apathy toward smart grid technologies may represent a golden opportunity. Also, why consumer awareness is the first critical step. From Clean Technica.

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7 Software Platforms that Make Building Energy Management Easy

November 28, 2012
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7 Software Platforms that Make Building Energy Management Easy

Energy monitoring and management in commercial buildings, while a great idea, isn’t so easy. Or at least it hasn’t been. But now many energy management software platforms are making it easier for building managers to access, understand and use all the data that can be collected from energy management systems — and make their...

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Green Business Keen on Green Tech and Automation

November 14, 2012
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Green Business Keen on Green Tech and Automation

It’s a record: I heard the word “automation” more times Tuesday than any other day EVER. You’d think I was at a high-end custom electronics show. Nope. I was at a green and sustainability conference. Let’s allow that to sink in for a moment. Green … sustainability … automation technology … green people liking...

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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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Smart Solar, Grid Storage and Smart House Tested in Los Alamos

September 24, 2012
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Smart Solar, Grid Storage and Smart House Tested in Los Alamos

Los Alamos, N.M. may be the place in history where the atomic bomb was developed, but the desert locale is now the site of another experiment of the future—how renewable energy, a smart grid and smart home technologies can work together. The two-year Los Alamos Smart Grid project, which just got underway, consists of...

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SEP 2 Consortium Could Pave Way for Smart Grid

August 23, 2012
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SEP 2 Consortium Could Pave Way for Smart Grid

The smart grid may be getting a little closer. A Consortium for Smart Energy Profile 2.0 (SEP 2) Interoperability was recently incorporated to test smart grid products to ensure interoperability. CSEP, as it is called, will create and maintain a certification test suite to validate interoperability for a variety of wired or wireless devices...

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Why Home Energy Management Systems are Inevitable

August 7, 2012
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Why Home Energy Management Systems are Inevitable

More and more people who know I write about green technologies approach me these days and ask very seriously about getting solar panels, going completely off the grid with solar and battery storage, and about electric vehicles and even hydrogen-powered cars. There’s a growing interest in these technologies, as there should be. People want...

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EcoFactor Updates Interface, Adds Features

May 29, 2012
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EcoFactor Updates Interface, Adds Features

One of our favorite energy-saving innovations is from EcoFactor, a cloud-based software company that uses a home’s connected thermostat to automate energy savings so you don’t have to do much of anything to save energy and money. Now, with some new features and a new web-based user interface, EcoFactor looks like it’s ready to...

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What Has the Greatest Value in the Connected Home?

May 21, 2012
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What Has the Greatest Value in the Connected Home?

I recently received a comment on the post Smart, Connected Home = Green? asking “in which sector do you estimate there are the greatest points of value from the connected home for the end users: smart grids, consumer appliances, security?” And the comment appears to have energy efficiency foremost in mind. Great question....

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HEMS Ready to Go Mainstream?

May 17, 2012
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HEMS Ready to Go Mainstream?

Are home energy management systems ready to move beyond the early adopter phase and achieve mainstream acceptance? Not so fast, say a couple of research firms. According to consumer electronics research firm Parks Associates, only about 3.5 percent to 4 percent of households take advantage of electricity load control services if offered by their...

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