Category Archives: Energy Conservation

How automation is making modern cities more efficient

Now the focus of some of the world’s biggest companies, automated homes and buildings are in full view. On a quieter front, however, we’re also moving toward more automated, energy-efficient cities. There are a few concepts that have been deployed, … Continue reading

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The SAVE Act opens a new chapter in the relationship between energy efficiency and home value

Though prior attempts have been made to attach a precise value to energy efficiency at the whole home level, there has never been a broadly accepted standard. The Sensible Accounting to Value Energy Act (SAVE), currently being considered in the … Continue reading

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Home automation and the smart grid play complimentary roles

What is smart grid HAN? For newcomers to the discussion, HAN (or home area networking) is the concept of adding all devices in the home to a single network. The point of this is to make them more accessible, which … Continue reading

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LEED, lighting controls, and long term efficiency

Back in 2000, LEED was introduced by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage designers to incorporate the greenest, most current building technologies available. Since that time, its relevance has increased dramatically, with energy efficiency taking center stage in today’s … Continue reading

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Where’s the value in lighting control and energy efficiency upgrades?

Functional equations like the ones showing how much you’ll save every month by dimming your lights can be incredibly useful. But practical as the results make energy upgrades seem, they may not tell the whole story. What we mean is … Continue reading

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Endorsement: The Digital Tips Energy Calculator

A practical start to solving the mystery of where your energy costs are coming from can be found at the Digital Tips site where they provide an Energy Calculator for many common home electronics. Here, prices are estimated based on … Continue reading

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The Passive House Movement

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the fact that Americans are catching on to the passive house movement, a concept inaugurated in Germany in 1991, albeit a bit slower than our European counterparts. Generally speaking, a passive … Continue reading

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