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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An Instructive Breeze from Ceiling Fans

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1999

It may come as a surprise that there are more than 150 million ceiling fans in the United States. In Florida alone, the best estimate is 30 million. Nobody knows how much electricity ceiling fans use, but in warm climates (like Florida) a home's ceiling fan energy use may equal that of its refrigerator. [continue reading]

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An Instructive Breeze from Ceiling Fans

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1999

It may come as a surprise that there are more than 150 million ceiling fans in the United States. In Florida alone, the best estimate is 30 million. Nobody knows how much electricity ceiling fans use, but in warm climates (like Florida) a home's ceiling fan energy use may equal that of its refrigerator. [continue reading]

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Reducing Leaking Electricity to a Trickle

Author: Alan Meier
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May 01, 1999

It isn't often that I have an opportunity to editorialize on my own research activities, but leaking electricity gives me an opening. I have been investigating standby power losses for several years. [continue reading]

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Energy Tax Credit Alert

Author: Alan Meier
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March 01, 1999

Tax credits for energy efficient homes may appear by the millennium. As "Energy Tax Credit May Materialize" on page 7 describes, at press time the discussions were still at a very early stage, and nothing had been settled. [continue reading]

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The State of Training

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 1999

It's been 25 years since the first oil embargo. The resulting surge of interest in energy conservation spawned new industries and professions devoted to raising the efficiency of homes. [continue reading]

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Duct Tape Redux

Author: Alan Meier
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November 01, 1998

It's been difficult to avoid the media attention in the past few months on the inability of duct tape to seal ducts. [continue reading]

Home Control or Automation?

Clint Stevens

Home Control or Automation?

I have been involved in home automation heavily over the last few years. At my home in Utah, I started ...

BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

Leslie McDowell

BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) recently introduced www.bpi.org for consumers, a new interactive website designed to educate ...

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