Posts Tagged ‘ home energy management ’

Eco Game-Changer by Comcast?

June 12, 2013
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Eco Game-Changer by Comcast?

That tremor shaking the energy efficiency world this week was Comcast announcing that its Xfinity Home control services allowing remote control of lights and thermostats is being made available to cable subscribers—not just those who purchase security systems through the service provider. (Security services are now called Xfinity Home Secure.) The big part of...

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Highlights from Smart Energy Summit Available

May 2, 2013
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Highlights from Smart Energy Summit Available

If you missed research firm Parks Associates’ annual Smart Energy Summit back in February, you can catch up on the details with a summary released by the company, as well as some video interviews of key executives who were present, such as keynoters Roy Perry of Alarm.com and Ted Reguly of San Diego Gas...

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ZigBee SEP 2 is Done. Now What?

April 30, 2013
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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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Home Energy Management Through Energy Efficiency Services?

April 16, 2013
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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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We’re on the Threshold of Big Data for Home Energy Automation

April 9, 2013
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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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HEMs Market Has Potential, But Remains Largely Untapped

February 7, 2013
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HEMs Market Has Potential, But Remains Largely Untapped

This is no surprise: A new research brief from Pike Research states a clear, yet unrealized potential for home energy management (HEM) systems from broadband service providers. Service providers such as ADT, Comcast, Verizon, Vivint, Alarm.com  and others offer limited home control capabilities along with security and other features, including some energy management of...

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Lessons Learned from Nest

November 19, 2012
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Lessons Learned from Nest

Tony Fadell, the ex-Apple guy who brought iPod-like simplicity to the boring old thermostat, was at last week’s Greenbuild Expo for a Q&A in the Residential Summit’s opening plenary, where he offered some basics lessons learned from developing the oh-so-cool Nest t-stat. And of course these should provide across-the-board lessons for selling anything in...

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HEMS Market to Grow, Despite Lag

May 16, 2012
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HEMS Market to Grow, Despite Lag

Even as deployments of smart grid infrastructure have accelerated in recent years, the once hyped home energy management (HEM) market has struggled to gain traction. Numerous trials have led to only a few cases of industry deployments and to anemic rates of consumer adoption. Today that is starting to change, and over the remainder...

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It’s Your Smartphone, Silly!

March 19, 2012
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It’s Your Smartphone, Silly!

The key to saving energy in your home? It’s your smartphone. According to research firm ON World, two-thirds of smartphone users are interested in home energy management services, and 57 percent prefer smartphones as their energy interface device. This is no big secret, as many home energy monitoring and management services come with free...

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New eMonitor Goes Wireless

March 15, 2012
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New eMonitor Goes Wireless

Powerhouse Dynamics has released a new wireless version of its eMonitor energy monitoring system. The new eMonitor4 delivers Wi-Fi signals from the system’s gateway to a home’s router, as well as 2.4GHz wireless communications from a base unit installed inside the electrical panel to the gateway, avoiding the need to run wires outside the...

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