ZigBee SEP 2 is Done. Now What?

April 30, 2013
ZigBee SEP 2 is Done. Now What?

The much-ballyhooed ZigBee Smart Energy Protocol (SEP) 2 has finally been completed and ratified, and the standard is available for download. We could even see devices with SEP 2 by the end of the year and availability in 2014. “The technical work is done, and it’s up to companies to determine what they’re going...

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Greenest Office Building Sets a Standard for Energy Efficiency Tech

April 23, 2013
Greenest Office Building Sets a Standard for Energy Efficiency Tech

Denis Hayes coordinated the first Earth Day in 1970, and now, more than 40 years later, he has opened what promises to be the greenest office building on Earth Day. Hayes now heads up the Bullitt Foundation, and its new building, the Bullitt Center in Seattle, features a collection of cool and practical green...

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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

April 22, 2013
Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

Confession time: I am not a big fan of Earth Day, and I suspect many others in the green and green tech fields feel the same. I thought Earth Day was great when we were cleaning out trash-choked streams. It raised awareness when there was none. But now everyone’s got an Earth Day thing...

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MyEnergy Looks to Gamify Energy Efficiency

April 19, 2013
MyEnergy Looks to Gamify Energy Efficiency

Gamification may be become the way to save energy—if Boston-based efficiency startup MyEnergy has its way. The company has a free rewards program via its website and is working with utilities on programs that engage customers in energy efficiency through competitions. MyEnergy says its free software platform can access the energy usage of about...

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Green Tech Can Save Our Health

April 18, 2013
Green Tech Can Save Our Health

It’s no secret that the United States has a serious health epidemic. Green technologies provide the tools we can use to create a better future. Here are just a few of the ways smart and green technologies provide us with clean air and water, while making homes and businesses healthier and happier.

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Energy Monitoring Saves on Bills in this Naturally Green Home

April 17, 2013
Energy Monitoring Saves on Bills in this Naturally Green Home

Not every green home requires a bounty of solar panels or other systems to produce clean energy. Conserving energy is the cleanest energy of all. That’s what this 2,500-square-foot vacation home in northern Vermont accomplishes with some serious energy monitoring—while celebrating its habitat by bringing nature indoors. Green construction materials and the addition of...

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Home Energy Management Through Energy Efficiency Services?

April 16, 2013
Home Energy Management Through Energy Efficiency Services?

“Customers are not being provided easy energy solutions for their homes,” says Claire Broido Johnson, chief of New Markets and Services for New England-based home efficiency provider Next Step Living. That’s the problem affecting everything from insulation and air-sealing contractors to high-tech energy monitoring and management companies. Johnson and others spoke on the topic...

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Take it from the Tea Party: Energy Efficiency Doesn’t Have to Be a Green Idea

April 10, 2013
Take it from the Tea Party: Energy Efficiency Doesn’t Have to Be a Green Idea

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can’t sell energy efficiency products or services to those who don’t fit the typical eco-conscious or green personas. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club and a keynote speaker at last week’s Babson College Energy and Environmental Conference, cites that some of solar company Sungevity’s top...

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