We’re on the Threshold of Big Data for Home Energy Automation

April 9, 2013
We’re on the Threshold of Big Data for Home Energy Automation

When control and automation company Savant Systems introduced its SST-W1000 wireless thermostat recently, it marked a first for the company. Now it has its own thermostat, as well as supporting others. But other than that, no big deal, right? Another Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, ho hum. But as Savant’s executive vice president of Corporate Strategy &...

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How Green are HDTVs?

April 8, 2013
How Green are HDTVs?

We’ve been waiting for this for a while: EPEAT, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry is now including HDTVs. EPEAT asses products from computers to printers and imaging equipment based on a number of environmental criteria, including energy conservation, recyclability, reduction of hazardous materials, material selection, packaging and corporate performance—going way beyond what...

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ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things

April 4, 2013
ZigBee IP: Smart Grid, Meet the Internet of Things

There has been a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but how important is it to energy efficiency? The new ZigBee IP standard for wireless RF mesh networking gives us a glimpse at how the smart grid and the Internet of Things can come together to enhance energy efficiency. ZigBee IP is...

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Are Smart Buildings Taking Off?

April 3, 2013
Are Smart Buildings Taking Off?

Smart building and smart building technologies appear to be gaining favor among building owners. IDC Energy Insights announced new preliminary survey data this week showing that 50 percent of the respondents reported that they use Smart Building technologies today, with another 33 percent stating they would use smart building technologies in the next six...

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How Sustainable Technology Can Repair U.S. Infrastructure

April 2, 2013
How Sustainable Technology Can Repair U.S. Infrastructure

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers provides a Report Card for America’s infrastructure. This year the United States received a D+. It’s a slight improvement from four years ago, but still pathetic. Our infrastructure—the very thing that more than 315 million people in the United States rely on every day—is crumbling....

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Solar Cells from Trees?

March 29, 2013
Solar Cells from Trees?

We’ve been hearing about cellulose as an energy producer in biofuels, but new research suggests the plant material could play a role in producing solar cells that would be a whole lot more green than conventional substrates materials.

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People Want Energy Efficiency; It’s Time to Show Them the Way

March 28, 2013
People Want Energy Efficiency; It’s Time to Show Them the Way

A funny thing happens when people know I write about green technology. They get ideas—and great conversations result. Fact is, people are interested in energy efficiency. You don’t have to “green,” or “liberal,” or geeky or techie or anything else to want to save energy.

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Big Data, Internet of Things Will Improve Efficiency and Profitability

March 27, 2013
Big Data, Internet of Things Will Improve Efficiency and Profitability

Big Data, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and cloud-based data analytics: What does it all mean for building energy management? And businesses?   The world, apparently. Or a rave new world, which has huge implications for businesses, according to a GreenBiz webcast, “Sensors, Buildings and the Coming Internet of Things.” The Internet...

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