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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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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