home energy management

3 Charts That Explain Why Tesla Is Developing a Battery for Homes

May 5, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Tesla's Powerwall

All it takes is one tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to whip journalists and financial analysts into a frenzy of speculation. Last month, Musk hinted at a "major new Tesla product line" that had nothing to do with electric cars, to be unveiled this week. It didn't take long to solve the mystery.[read more]

Comparison of Grid-Connected and Off-the-Grid Houses

November 26, 2014 by Willem Post

Energy efficiency for buildings wasn't an issue until after the increase of crude oil prices in 1973. Building owners, seeing increases in energy costs, consulted engineers to make energy surveys of buildings, which, after implementing recommendations, usually resulted in decreases of energy consumption.[read more]

Understanding Energy Usage Starts at Home

January 6, 2014 by Severin Borenstein

Examining Home Energy Use


Electricity is probably the least salient thing we consume. When we are buying groceries, gasoline, clothes, or tickets to a ball game, we are aware that we’re making a purchase and aware of what it costs. But most of us don’t know how much electricity we use.[read more]

Would a Nest Help My Family Save Energy?

December 26, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram

Nest Thermostats and Savings

Since my husband and I both work in the energy industry, we often exchange energy-themed gifts. He has given me energy books, power plant trading cards, and several times a year, someone in the family jokes about coal in the stocking.[read more]

7 Trends in Home Energy in 2013 and What They Mean for 2014

December 18, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

It’s hardly the coming of the Jetsons, especially when it comes to how we manage energy use in the home, but this past year has seen some notable movement in how utilities are leveraging thermostats in the home, and companies are connecting services in new ways.[read more]

What Thermostat Temperature Settings and Heating Degree Days Can Teach You About Your Heating Bills

November 30, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Heating Efficiency

Have you ever heard that ‘reducing your thermostat setting by 1°C (1.8°F) can cut your heating bill by 10%’? Do you know why? Because the heat loss in a body is proportional to the difference in temperatures . . well, I’ll try it in English.[read more]

Vampire Slaying and More: NRDC's Halloween Energy Survival Guide

October 30, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Along with being a fun holiday for tricks and treats, Halloween is an opportune time to shine a ghostly light on the evil energy vampires lurking in our homes. By these we mean those ghoulish fangs, also known as plugs in the wall, sucking frightening amounts of electricity all night (and day) long.[read more]

Could Weather Forecasting Be the Secret to Energy Management?

October 12, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Weather and Energy Efficiency

WeatherBug doesn’t want to just provide its weather data to energy management companies, it wants to be an energy management company. Like EcoFactor, WeatherBug is hardware agnostic and makes micro-adjustments to HVAC to save energy without homeonwers noticing a difference.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: Home Internet Devices Use Enough to Power Silicon Valley

June 25, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Home Internet Energy

Although appliances and consumer electronics are getting more efficient, they still represent about 35 percent of the energy consumed in U.S. homes. And it's not just the big appliances using up energy.[read more]

Energy Consumers: Getting their Head in the Clouds

October 14, 2011 by Allison Eckelkamp

You’ve probably seen the Chevrolet commercial in which a man calls his wife, who is boarding an airplane, and asks, “Would you mind doing it again?” From an app on her smart phone, she starts her car, generating an “ooooh, sweet” response from her husband’s friend.This is the power of the “cloud.” And the technology exists today for...[read more]

Google Searches For Key To Energy Savings

April 13, 2010 by Big Gav

National Geographic has an article on Google's power meter and initiatives to make smart meter data visible to end users - Google Searches For Key To Energy Savings Deep in the dark of the Minnesota night, some appliance was kicking on to rob Ed Kohler of hard-earned cash. He'd look later and see nighttime energy spikes reported by...[read more]

TrickleStar demo’s their energy saving devices

April 7, 2010 by Tom Raftery

I attended the Smart Grids Europe Conference 2010 in Amsterdam last week. One of the people displaying there was Thomas Joergensen of TrickleStar. TrickleStar are not a Smart Grid company per se, what they offer instead are devices to cut down on energy consumption in the home. As such, their clients are utility companies who...[read more]

Can Apple make Home Energy Management sexy?

January 28, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Will Apple move into home energy management, and if they do, can they make it sexy and front-of-mind for everyone? I made this point in a reply to a post earlier on the IBM Global Eco Jam and I thought it could well do with being fleshed out to a full post here to see what others think. In case you were hiding under a rock yesterday,...[read more]

Home energy innovation from Direct Energy

January 11, 2010 by Lynne Kiesling

Whirlpool and Direct Energy have long been two of the most forward-looking companies working in the electricity value chain. Whirlpool was the appliance partner on the GridWise Olympic Peninsula transactive network project, and have committed to all of their global products being grid friendly and transactive by 2015. Direct Energy, an...[read more]

Oregon Scientific’s elegant in-home energy monitor

January 6, 2010 by Lynne Kiesling

The Consumer Electronics Show has started, and we device and gadget geeks are having fun! One thing I noticed quickly is in this Engadget post about Oregon Scientific’s new device offerings: Look at the device on the far right — it’s a wireless appliance manager “to help users keep an eye on how much energy up to eight appliances are...[read more]