The Evolution of Smart Home Performance and Its Benefits to the Grid

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The Evolution of Smart Home Performance and Its Benefits to the Grid

As the number of residential demand-response programs and the use of smart home technologies has grown over the last several years, an important opportunity has emerged in home performance to increase residential energy savings. Namely, ...

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Swimming Pools Get Greener

Author: Jeff Farlow
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September 07, 2008

Technology innovations proven to reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts in other industries are now gaining acceptance in the U.S. pool-building industry. Variable-frequency drive technology, widely adopted in other industries that demand hydraulic efficiency, ... [continue reading]

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Modeling Smart Homes

Author: Aaron Ewerdt
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March 09, 2008

When Solaris Home Systems was founded in Chicago in 2003, our main focus was home automation systems—lighting, HVAC, security, entertainment, and so on. We quickly realized that home automation systems could do more than ... [continue reading]

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Real-Time Pricing: Will a Glowing Orb Lead the Way?

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March 05, 2008

The nation's first large-scale real-time pricing program began in 2003 in the metropolitan Chicago area. It's credited with a 3% decrease in customer energy use in the summer. [continue reading]

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Wireless Boom

Author: Wanzhu Du
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January 09, 2008

Global warming is a hot topic in today’s news. People are seeking ways to save energy and protect the environment. Reducing household energy consumption is one effective way to slow the trend toward ... [continue reading]

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Developing Affordable Smart Thermostats

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January 04, 2008

The state of California has decided to resolve it's peak-power problem with the help of programmable, communicating thermostats (PCTs). [continue reading]

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SolarSmart Homes Sell Faster

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 2008

The housing industry may be in a slump in parts of the country, but in and around Sacramento, California, one type of housing is selling at twice the rate of its competitors—the SolarSmart ... [continue reading]

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PG&E Climate Solutions

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January 01, 2008

In July 2007, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) hosted the Affordable Comfort, Incorporated, (ACI) summit “Moving Existing Homes Toward Carbon Neutrality.” The summit brought together 99 motivated experts, mostly from the United ... [continue reading]

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Defining a Zero Energy Capable Home

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January 01, 2008

On August 10, 2006, the city council of Austin, Texas, passed a resolution creating a task force that would work to make all new locally built single-family homes zero energy capable by 2015. The task of implementing this ... [continue reading]

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

Jim Gunshinan

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat ...

Smarter Homebuilding: How to Best Incorporate Smart Tech Features

Eric Murrell

Smarter Homebuilding: How to Best Incorporate Smart Tech Features

The old way of integrating technology into a home could be a major headache. If a client doesn’t ...

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