Residential

Six Types of Power Disturbances That Can Trip Up Your IT Systems

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute found that businesses lose between $104 billion and $164 billion per year due to power interruptions, and another $15 billion to $24… Read more »

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In Advance of Hurricane Season, It’s Time to Conduct a UPS Checkup

According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season begins on May 15 for the Pacific and on June 1 for the Atlantic – mere weeks away. Given the various weather… Read more »

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This House can save your Life

Recently I had the chance to visit an old time friend – unfortunately the reason was a funeral, since her dad passed away. In the late afternoon, she opened her… Read more »

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Are energy efficient houses and businesses worth more? The return on investment of being Green

Energy efficient houses foreclose less, worth more A recent study investigated the connection between energy efficiency and the ability to pay a mortgage. The study found the risk of mortgage… Read more »

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The “Green” switch after the “Earth Hour”

There is no doubt that the world is facing more and more environmental challenges.  With all the increasing environmental concerns, many people would agree that we all need to start… Read more »

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Follow this formula for an easy residential solar installation

Adding solar to your house is not the easiest home improvement project. You cannot simply nail solar modules to your roof and wait for the sun to power up your… Read more »

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5 Ideas to make your House Smarter

You probably already have a Smart-phone, and thinking about buying a Smart-TV while you read an article about Smart Cities… go further, and make your house a Smart-home! No worries,… Read more »

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USA Electric Vehicle Incentives Explained

There is often much confusion surrounding AFVs (Alternative Fuel Vehicles) and their incentives. Many utilities, federal, state, and local governments –even some employers- are all offering rebates and incentives for… Read more »

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Show Some Respect for Your Remote Equipment Closets: Monitor Them

To paraphrase the late Rodney Dangerfield, equipment closets in branch offices get no respect. Companies with lots of branches, including retail stores and restaurant chains, too often tuck servers in… Read more »

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How Utilities Can Glean More Value from their Data

To become more effective at marketing, utilities would do well to follow the lead of Internet giants like Amazon. Amazon does a great job at suggesting products you may want… Read more »

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US Gasoline Prices take Dive as OPEC stands Pat

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Far from unexpected, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries rolled over their production quota at their meeting in Vienna,… Read more »

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For Smart Meters to Realize Their Potential, Utilities Must Address Valid Customer Concerns

Smart meters are laying the groundwork to enable an era of smarter, connected-homes. There’s a huge influx of smart meters being installed – they now cover more than 43 percent… Read more »

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Safety and Savings at Home with Technology

Sometimes homeowners might think their houses are singing that 60s hit about not being owned. Especially when it comes to saving money and increasing safety. For the first of those… Read more »

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Smart, Connected Thermostats: A Better Mousetrap for the Energy Industry

Build a better mousetrap, they say, and the world will beat a path to your door. This saying came to mind recently when I was reading an article about a… Read more »

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Residential Energy Reduction Requires Changing Customer Behavior

At the core of any utility demand response (DR) or energy efficiency (EE) program is one simple fact: good results depend on changing people’s behavior. That’s a challenge, because habits… Read more »

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US Gasoline—another Psychological Barrier Breached

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Refining units returning from seasonal maintenance, notably along the heavy concentration of processing capacity along the US Gulf Coast, during… Read more »

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Wiser Air EcoIQ: Game-changing Technology for Customers and Utilities Alike

The Wiser Air thermostat from Schneider Electric just keeps getting smarter. Schneider Electric has added technology called EcoIQ that enables Wiser Air (North America) to learn what temperatures a homeowner… Read more »

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US Gasoline Marketers Eye Bountiful Demand over Thanksgiving Holiday

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Gasoline demand in the United States is expected to be robust over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, with travel projected to… Read more »

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Marathons and Energy Conservation: Never Underestimate the Power of the Collective Human Will

Part 3: Harnessing the collective energy This blog series is about training for a marathon and how a less-than-athletic, self-proclaimed sustainability & intelligent energy evangelist relates energy waste to sore… Read more »

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How should you protect your at-Home Digital Experience? Find out with APC by Schneider Electric’s New Interactive Infographic

Life is on and you need your home network 24/7 According to Gartner Research, the typical US home has up to 10 internet-enabled devices including PCs, Laptops, Smart Phones, Tablets,… Read more »

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Developing Infrastructure to Pursue Voluntary and Active Demand Management Programs

For a few years now, utilities have been dabbling with ways to help customers engage in their energy consumption habits better so they understand how power is delivered and how… Read more »

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The Most Critical Aspect of Any NFL Fantasy Draft

The long arduous months without NFL football are finally over. The preseason is winding down, and NFL fans everywhere are excited and energized for the 2015 season. Whether your team… Read more »

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APC-Dell Relationship Takes Another Step Forward with OEM Agreement

APC by Schneider Electric has had a long history with Dell, dating back at least 22 years, providing power protection for Dell servers and networking equipment. As a result, Dell… Read more »

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Why Today’s Robots Are Boring

For decades, robots have been cool. Sony’s robotic dog called Aibo would let people experience animal companionship without the mess. Honda had a small humanoid robot called Asimo. Say “Danger,… Read more »

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Why Utilities Must Invest in Data Analytics to Benefit from the Internet of Things

We hear a lot these days about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how connecting all sorts of devices is going to give us all the data we need to… Read more »

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APC Back-UPS Made My Life Easier

Steve Ole Oleson from St. Louis, Missouri likes to be prepared.  After a near miss from the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, in 2011, Steve was determined to find a… Read more »

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Just a Tryst, or have Americans again Fallen in Love with the Automobile?

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Now that we’re in the peak driving season in the United States, early year prognostications for sharp growth in gasoline… Read more »

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