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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
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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]

Coming To A Home Near You: The Battle Of The Thermostats!

May 29, 2014 by Veronique Bugnion

Home Energy Innovation and Competition

 

Summer is around the corner, and heat waves are known to stretch the power grid to its limits. To avoid the risk of blackouts, grid operators like to have a contingent of electricity consumers that are willing to curtail their usage at the right time, and for the right price.[read more]

Wanted: Smart Grid Policies for 14 Million Homes

April 29, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The multifamily home market is not the only segment that is missing out on Smart Grid benefits. There’s another market woefully absent from participation in Smart Grid-enabled programs and solutions. And like the multifamily challenge, it is caused by the absence of federal, state, and local policies.[read more]

Beyond Efficiency: 5 Key Ingredients for a Sustainable Home (with DataViz)

April 26, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Sustainable Home Ingredients

Making a home highly energy efficient is an essential part of it being sustainable. But it’s 2014, and a lot of smart people know a lot about what makes a home seriously sustainable. So in this post I've created a list of five ingredients I think matter the most.[read more]