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Winter Is Coming: Home Improvements You Need to Make

September 24, 2015 by Terri Engels

Winter and Home Maintenance

The changing of the seasons can bring about all kinds of flux. You’ve packed away your beach chairs for the year, embraced sweater chic and shut off your AC. While a puffy parka and a cup of hot cocoa may warm your soul, what can you do to give your home the same kind of seasonal compassion?[read more]

The Connected Home: Reaching Critical Mass for the Grid?

May 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Home Automation and Energy Savings

After a decade or more of false starts and unrealistic expectations, “connected home” technology is finally gaining enough market share for vendors to start bragging about the numbers.[read more]

Where Are My Efficiency Savings?

April 28, 2015 by Matt Conway

Energy Efficiency Savings

Achieving efficiency gains associated with residential heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades is frustratingly variable. Too often, equipment with published efficiency ratings in excess of 95% struggle to achieve actual performance numbers in the mid 80% range.[read more]

Another Step Towards an Integrated Home Energy Offering: SolarCity Partners with Nest Labs

April 16, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

SolarCity has just announced another important collaboration in the home energy space, this time with Nest Labs. Importantly, the announcement indicates that a common technology framework or platform is emerging that will integrate and address both home energy management as well as home solar generation.[read more]

Following the Nest Path to Energy Efficiency

March 5, 2015 by Matt Conway

Home Energy Efficiency

The Nest thermostat is notable for matching the use of heating and air conditioning equipment to actual times of building occupancy and intuitively adjusting the temperature to a desirable level. Noticeably absent is the ability to optimize the inner workings of the equipment that is connected to the thermostat.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Improvements Have Largely Offset Effect of More, Larger Homes

February 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Energy Efficiency and Energy Consumption

Analysis of EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey conducted since 1980 shows how improvements in energy efficiency reduced energy intensity enough to offset more than 70% of the growth in both the number of households and the size of dwellings.[read more]

Michigan's Energy Efficiency Program for Multifamily Affordable Housing

February 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Michigan and Energy Efficiency

In Michigan, one energy efficiency project is celebrating its first six months of progress. The pilot program, facilitated by Michigan Energy Options (MEO) is designed to help owners of affordable multifamily housing make significant energy efficiency upgrades.[read more]

Nest Thermostats Now Link Up to Products From LG, Philips, Whirlpool, and Others

January 10, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Last June, Nest announced that there were some big names in the first round of integration with its thermostat, which acts as the hub for its smart home platform. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015, the list of names has gotten even bigger.[read more]

Drive-By Heat Mapping

January 9, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Home Heat Mapping and Energy Efficiency

In 2007, Google unleashed a fleet of cars with roof-mounted cameras to provide street-level images of roads around the world. Now MIT spinout Essess is bringing similar “drive-by” innovations to energy efficiency in homes and businesses.[read more]

Peer-to-Peer Energy Benchmarking, Elevators, Revolving Doors and Merry-Go-Rounds

December 7, 2014 by Wego Wise

Energy Benchmarking

By asking our users a few simple questions about their buildings, we can categorize buildings quite easily. And, because our industry-leading database is over 25,000 buildings strong, you can feel confident about the accuracy of these benchmarking comparisons.[read more]

Energy Management Can Empower Everyone Regardless of Income Level

December 7, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Savings for All

The holidays are upon us. As we prepare to gather with our friends and family, eat too much, and lounge around watching football, many people use this time to reflect on what they are grateful for. Being able to pay one’s electricity bill probably doesn’t make most people’s list, but for many Americans, it might.[read more]

Better Yellow Labels

October 29, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Labels and Energy Use

Information provision is a key element of energy-efficiency policy. Just think of the ubiquitous yellow EnergyGuide labels. This information is supposed to help consumers make better decisions. But current labels report only very coarse information based on national average energy prices and usage of the appliance.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Service Company (ESCO) Services

September 27, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Energy Service Companies

Energy Service Companies reduce customers’ energy use and costs by implementing comprehensive efficiency solutions. This involves retrofitting existing buildings with energy efficient equipment like efficient lighting, heating, AC, and motors, as well as energy management and control systems.[read more]

The Incredible Shrinking "Power Brick"

June 2, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Shrinking Power Brick

While laptops continue to shrink in size and weight, the “power bricks” that charge them remain heavy and bulky. But now, MIT spinout FINsix has invented an adapter that’s roughly one-quarter the size and one-sixth the weight of a conventional brick, and just as efficient.[read more]

Utility Alert: Apple Jumping Into Smart Home Controls Race

May 30, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Apple is jumping into the smart home market with an app that can control the entire house, unveiling software that relies on hardware made by other companies rather than releasing its own line of home products. There will be a certification scheme similar to Apple’s “made for iPhone” label.[read more]