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Green Button Spurring Energy-Saving Apps

February 21, 2012
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Green Button Spurring Energy-Saving Apps

Have you heard about the Green Button initiative? It’s a way to get your energy usage information from your electric utility. President Obama mentioned it in his State of the Union address, and you’re probably going to start hearing a lot more about it. Electric utilities are beginning to support it—and app developers are...

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Is a Photo Frame the Way to Smart Grid Home Energy Management?

February 15, 2012
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Is a Photo Frame the Way to Smart Grid Home Energy Management?

Many companies are vying for the smart grid HAN (home are networking) market, producing energy management and monitoring systems that they hope utilities will deploy to enhance energy-saving smart grid services. There are all forms of energy dashboards available for this job, but one company may have the answer to inspiring utility customers to...

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2012 the Year of Smart Appliances?

January 19, 2012
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2012 the Year of Smart Appliances?

Here come “smart” appliances—again. Only this time more are bound to make it to market—we think. At the recent CES in Las Vegas, Samsung and LG both showed appliances that can connect to a smart grid, in which utilities will send pricing information that could change by the hour so you can automatically run...

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2012: The Year of Energy Management?

January 3, 2012
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2012: The Year of Energy Management?

Will 2012 finally be the year of energy management? The movement is gaining momentum, especially in the commercial sector, where saving energy by integrating and automating building systems has become a best business practice, potentially saving companies millions of dollars. The home market appears to be much slower to develop. But it is developing....

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Energy Management and the Cloud at Smart Energy Summit

November 2, 2011
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Energy Management and the Cloud at Smart Energy Summit

If you’re looking to get into the energy management field, work for an electric utility rolling out smart grid programs or are seeking some keen insights about how to engage consumers in energy efficient behavior, you may want to head to Austin, Texas Feb. 28 to March 1, 2012 for research firm Parks Associates’...

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Blue Line, Eragy Offer Affordable Energy Monitoring for Home Control, Utility and Efficiency Markets

November 1, 2011
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Blue Line, Eragy Offer Affordable Energy Monitoring for Home Control, Utility and Efficiency Markets

Blue Line Innovations and Eragy, two of the more interesting companies in home energy monitoring, are partnering to provide easy energy monitoring for do-it-yourselfers, owners of Control4 home control systems, and even utilities rolling out energy-saving and smart grid programs. The partnership combines Blue Line’s low-cost PowerCost Monitor energy sensing hardware with Eragy’s suite...

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Efficient Homes of the Near Future

October 6, 2011
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Efficient Homes of the Near Future

Great news from the recently completed Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C.: Energy efficiency in homes isn’t just about solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technologies. In-home energy management and energy efficiency is important to monitor, regulate and control energy use within a home. The competition, which pitted 19 college teams in a competition to...

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Electric Cars, Energy Efficiency New Priorities for DOE

October 4, 2011
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Electric Cars, Energy Efficiency New Priorities for DOE

In its recently released Quadrennial Technology Review, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) outlines plans for dealing with energy challenges in the United States, including promoting the development of electric vehicles and better energy efficiency in homes and buildings. Both strategies could be a boon for energy-saving technologies such as energy management systems. The...

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$8.5 Million From DOE Goes To Nation’s EV projects

September 29, 2011
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$8.5 Million From DOE Goes To Nation’s EV projects

Cities across the United States have been awarded money from the U.S. Department of Energy to support community planning for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. A total of $8.5 million in awards will be spread throughout 16 projects in 24 states. The money is part of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative to help...

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Bridge Links Electric Meters to Z-Wave Networks in the House

September 26, 2011
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Bridge Links Electric Meters to Z-Wave Networks in the House

A conundrum has faced those interested in monitoring and managing the energy usage in their home: Should you create an in-home network using the many wireless products that rely on the Z-Wave protocol—such as thermostats and lighting and device control modules—if Z-Wave’s wireless rival, ZigBee, is the technology of choice for the millions of...

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