Editorial: At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things

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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 ...

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A Shift in Energy Information's Center of Gravity?

Author: Alan Meier
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February 28, 2014

Who would have expected the purchase of a thermostat company to be at the top of the business news? What is Google up to? Pundits say that Google plans to monetize the thermostat data by ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Thirty Years of Waterbeds and Home Energy Magazine

Author: Alan Meier
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December 26, 2013

Welcome to the 30th anniversary of Home Energy magazine. In commemoration of our 30 years we will be publishing some of our earliest articles. We hope that these articles are both entertaining and informative. [continue reading]

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Editorial: We're Too Serious

Author: Alan Meier
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November 02, 2013

While preparing for Home Energy’s 30th anniversary, we leafed through some of the earliest issues. Today’s issues are slick compared to those early years. It was amateur hour then because an ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Lighting Controls and Zero Energy Homes

Author: Alan Meier
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September 01, 2013

An article in this issue, "Boosting Multifamily Energy Savings Through Lighting Control Settings" (page 38), has implications beyond dramatic savings in stairwells in apartment buildings. Ostensibly the article is about proper settings for motion sensors and ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Elder Star

Author: Alan Meier
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June 30, 2013

All of us have elderly relatives or friends, but have you ever considered their energy consumption patterns? On the surface, those patterns may look little different from your own, but in fact the aging population ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Heating and Cooling No Longer Majority of U.S. Home Energy Use

Author: Alan Meier
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April 28, 2013

Since 2010, residential electricity consumption has been almost constant, but were technical efficiency improvements or the recession the principal cause? [continue reading]

Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Caitriona Cooke

Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

Shawna Henderson

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...

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