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Could home energy management help to get consumers back into electronics retail stores?

Faced with declining sales revenues, retailers such as Best Buy are making a bet on home monitoring and energy management solutions. This move may help them to reinvigorate their businesses, while providing a model for how retailers can effectively blend … 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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Shifting trends in home entertainment may boost Z-Wave tech

By nearly all industry analysts’ estimates, the shipments of Zigbee-based smart meters are set to explode over the next few years. This is often cited as one of the more unfavorable conditions stacked up against Z-Wave, a competing wireless technology. … 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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Wireless systems reduce the cost of submetering, making way for energy savings

In big cities, older buildings with outdated wiring schemes tend to cost a lot more to heat, cool, and illuminate than more modern multi-family dwellings. Last year, a New York Times article titled “Air-Conditioners That Run When Nobody’s Home” highlighted … 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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