Editorial: At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things
The Internet of Things has already improved my everyday life. Devices that communicate with each other deliver new services and features that I appreciate. However, as the Internet of Things expands from a few linked ...
Chances are, buying a new furnace or water heater is not going to have much effect on the aesthetic character of your house. Changing your lighting, on the other hand, can have a tremendous impact--not just on aesthetics--but also on productivity and comfort. [continue reading]
Several new types of electricity-saving devices are becoming common. These gadgets rely on electronics to operate an appliance more efficiently. [continue reading]
Curious changes are occurring in branches of the federal government that deal with home energy use. Funding to save energy in homes is increasing while budgets for more glamorous items like space stations are being cut. This is happening, despite a struggle in Congress over funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [continue reading]
One of the feature articles in this issue describes the air conditioning savings that can be obtained by simply changing the color of a home's roof (see "Saving Energy with Reflective Roof Coatings," p.15). To be sure, the savings from this measure appear to be greatest in Florida and other southern states, but the results shouldn't be ignored elsewhere. [continue reading]
There is a special group of conservation measures called "fuel switching." In most cases, these measures involve removing an electric appliance and replacing it with a natural gas counterpart. [continue reading]
"If integrative design makes you think of blue sky brainstorming and unmet expectations,” remarks Alistair Jackson, principal ...
Customers don’t like waiting around for service—especially when it comes to home repairs. In their 2014 Customer ...