Posts Tagged ‘ automation ’

Is Alarm.com the Bellwether of Home Energy Management?

August 15, 2013
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Is Alarm.com the Bellwether of Home Energy Management?

If you want to know where energy management in the home is going, you may want to track Alarm.com and its automation features.

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What Are Smart Buildings?

May 15, 2013
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What Are Smart Buildings?

What makes a building “smart”? Is it intelligence, automation, technology or something more? We got some ideas at the Verge conference in Boston this week, and of course have some of our own.

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Biz Opp: We’re ‘Too Busy Relaxing’ to Care About Energy Efficiency

March 26, 2013
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Biz Opp: We’re ‘Too Busy Relaxing’ to Care About Energy Efficiency

Being "too busy relaxing" seems like an absurd statement. Though there's some oxymornic truth to it, especially in regards to people thinking about their energy use. Yet this also creates a business opportunity for home automation.

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Personalization is Key to Energy Savings

February 18, 2013
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Personalization is Key to Energy Savings

Personalization will be a key element in smart buildings and homes going forward. Combined with automation and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, it can allow us to personalize spaces for individuals or groups through climate control, lighting, security settings, audio/video needs and more.

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Do Control Systems Use More Energy Than They Save?

January 15, 2013
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Do Control Systems Use More Energy Than They Save?

I keep hearing something disturbing—and unfortunately uneducated—from the mouths of some green and green building experts, who seem to believe that technologies such as automation systems, lighting control and energy monitoring systems use more energy than they save. I have called experts to see if anyone can quantify this, and best response I’ve received...

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Green Business Keen on Green Tech and Automation

November 14, 2012
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Green Business Keen on Green Tech and Automation

It’s a record: I heard the word “automation” more times Tuesday than any other day EVER. You’d think I was at a high-end custom electronics show. Nope. I was at a green and sustainability conference. Let’s allow that to sink in for a moment. Green … sustainability … automation technology … green people liking...

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Which Works Better: Behavior Change or Automation?

June 21, 2011
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Which Works Better: Behavior Change or Automation?

Recent reports show two distinct approaches that are encouraging consumers to be more energy efficient: behavior change through social science and set-it-and-forget-it automation. At least the feeling is that they’re distinct schools of thought.

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Automating Energy Savings, Intelligently

April 27, 2011
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Automating Energy Savings, Intelligently

We hear it all the time. Heck, we say it all the time: Energy efficiency technologies need to be automated to deliver real savings and real benefits to most users. Because if it’s not automated and working behind the scenes, people generally won’t take the time or effort to be more energy efficient. One...

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Automation Is Appealing to Consumers, Research Firm Says

January 26, 2011
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Automation Is Appealing to Consumers, Research Firm Says

Research firm Parks Associates reveals that energy management automation and information are very appealing to consumers. The findings come from the group’s 2010 Residential and Energy Management Survey of more than 1,500 households. Some of the findings are being discussed at Parks’ Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, this week in Austin, Texas. The...

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