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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It's the Duct's Turn for Retrofits

Author: Alan Meier
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September 01, 1993

Pity the poor neglected duct. Put end-to-end, there are enough of them in American homes to reach to the moon and back. [continue reading]

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Cheap Electricity

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1993

A minor revolution is occurring in the electricity supply industry. A flood of cheap natural gas, combined with high-efficiency, low-cost combined-cycle gas turbine generation units, has made it possible to supply electricity at very low prices. [continue reading]

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Lessons from the Electrical Frontier

Author: Alan Meier
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May 01, 1993

More and more households are opting for photovoltaic (PV) electricity supply systems, and with them a change in household technology and lifestyle. In fact, a recent study estimates that at least 25,000 homes operate "off the grid," relying on PV to harvest electricity and on batteries to store it. [continue reading]

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Dear Bill Clinton

Author: Alan Meier
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March 01, 1993

Now that you have moved into the White House, we would like you to take a careful look at your new home. Is it energy-efficient? We doubt it. [continue reading]

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Refrigerators, The Grand Coulee Dam, And Coil-Cleaning Brushes

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 1993

Why do refrigerators deserve so much attention? The pie charts show one reason: refrigerators use a lot of electricity. [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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