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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March/April 2010 Editorial: Home Energy Monitors

Author: Alan Meier
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March 01, 2010

Home Energy Monitors, that is, devices that display a home’s energy consumption have been touted as Silicon Valley’s contribution to the national energy conservation effort. A Home Energy Monitor (or HEM) ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: LEDs: Avoiding the CFL Debacle

Author: Alan Meier
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January 06, 2010

The lighting efficacies of LEDs have been rising steadily and are poised to overtake CFLs. Fluorescents and CFLs still outshine LEDs with respect to general applications and cost of light, but LEDs are already superior ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Mandatory Retrofits Prior to Sale - Nationwide

Author: Alan Meier
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November 01, 2009

If we accept the national—and local—goals of large reductions in energy use in order to mitigate climate change, how will these be accomplished?  One approach is to include the costs ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Home Energy's New Compilation of Articles

Author: Alan Meier
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September 01, 2009

I am pleased to announce the availability of a compilation of Home Energy articles from 2000–2008. It’s available as a CD and costs only $75. These articles capture the state of the art in ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: After Weatherization - Career Paths in Energy Efficiency

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 2009

The government’s breathtaking investments in energy efficiency—and notably in weatherization—are creating a boom in the industry. If all goes according to plan, hundreds of thousands of new people will ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Saving Home Energy After the Stimulus

Author: Alan Meier
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May 06, 2009

The residential energy business is scurrying around trying to digest the billions of dollars thrown at us to weatherize and reduce the energy use of our country’s homes.  Few of us, even ... [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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