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Are You Ready to Sell Home Energy Management?

September 22, 2011
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Are You Ready to Sell Home Energy Management?

If you’re a custom electronics contractor, you’ve got to ask yourself: Are you ready for home energy management? “Energy is going to be a driving force. It’s not just about audio/video now. You’ve got to pay attention to energy,” says Eric Smith of home control company Control4. As I wrote in a previous post,...

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Home Energy Management: Are We There Yet?

September 20, 2011
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Home Energy Management: Are We There Yet?

For a market that some think isn’t going anywhere, it’s sure hard to wrap your arms—and mind—around the home energy management space. There seem to be new developments every day. One of the more recent is that retail giant Best Buy will test-market the sale of home energy management products

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Eaton’s Smart Energy Management Could Be a Mid-Market Winner

September 14, 2011
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Eaton’s Smart Energy Management Could Be a Mid-Market Winner

One of the most anticipated home energy management and monitoring systems didn’t come from one of the big home control companies at the recent CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis. It’s from power control company Eaton, whose smart circuit breakers captured the imaginations of many when it was first seen last year. Now the Eaton Smart...

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A Better Rooftop Wind Turbine?

September 13, 2011
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A Better Rooftop Wind Turbine?

Sauer Energy, the latest entrant in the small wind-turbine market, will launch commercial production of its WindCharger vertical-axis wind turbine in November, and is on schedule to begin distribution in early 2012, the company said. The WindCharger prototype debuted in May, at the WindPower 2011 Conference and Exhibition. According to Sauer, the vertical-axis turbine is cheap to manufacture,...

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The Aha! Moment for Home Energy Management

September 1, 2011
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The Aha! Moment for Home Energy Management

Many are concerned about the prospects for home energy management. Is there really a market for it? It has certainly not taken off as the experts expected. What are the reasons and how can consumers be convinced to invest in home energy efficiency technologies? What is that Aha! moment for people? I’ve been posing...

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EnergyHub Offers Home Energy Management Direct to Consumers

August 30, 2011
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EnergyHub Offers Home Energy Management Direct to Consumers

One of the more talked about companies in the home energy management space is EnergyHub, which has just started selling direct-to-consumer home energy management systems. EnergyHub’s products were previously available only via utilities involved in smart grid pilot programs. The company recently closed a Series B round of funding, raising $14.5 million to drive...

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Can Smart Meters Harm the Smart Grid?

August 25, 2011
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Can Smart Meters Harm the Smart Grid?

While we’re not quite to the point where machines are under the control of the artificial intelligence of Skynet and sending Terminators through time, a new study from MIT that was originally presented at an IEEE conference suggests the real-time price fluctuation of smart meters could cause consumers to radically adjust usage habits that could...

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Set It and Forget It Future?

August 17, 2011
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Set It and Forget It Future?

I have seen the future of home energy management—and it is completely automated. Or as automated as we can make it. Though maybe not in the “traditional” sense of tying together a bunch of disparate systems—heating and cooling, water heating, lighting, appliances and electronics. But in a smart sense—with at least some of the...

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Home Energy Management DOA?

August 11, 2011
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Home Energy Management DOA?

Networking giant Cisco announced this week it is pulling back on its energy management platform, joining Google and Microsoft, which recently spiked their PowerMeter and Hohm energy management software. This will no doubt have some sounding the death knell for the home energy management market. Not so quick, says Will West, CEO of control...

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ZigBee Updates Smart Energy Standard

July 22, 2011
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ZigBee Updates Smart Energy Standard

Many have predicted that the ZigBee will be the wireless communications technology of choice in our smart grid world. It at least appears it will be used between two-way communicating smart meters being rolled out and smart appliances that will receive pricing signals from electric utilities and delay cycles to save consumers energy. The...

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