Residential

6 facts and fictions about lightning

Misconceptions abound when it comes to lightning. People have preconceived ideas about what lightning is, what it does, and how to protect against it. How much do you know? Find… Read more »

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4 Factors in Selecting a Home Office UPS

I work in a home office, in a town where power outages are not at all unusual. Just the other day a healthy thunderstorm rolled through in the early evening… Read more »

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GUEST POST: How does energy access spur poverty eradication?

It has been argued that having access to a sustainable energy source is an effective antidote for eradicating rural poverty.  Theory or reality? Until now, the issue of how isolated… Read more »

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A day in the life of an Electric Vehicle Driver

Since I bought my electric vehicle, my popularity has soared. People are always stopping me to ask questions about my electric vehicle – especially what I have to do to… Read more »

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IEC 62606: A first step towards international standards for Arc Fault Protection

Better late than never, I say. There is at last a groundswell of interest in arc fault device detectors prompted by the example of the US. It requires arc fault… Read more »

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Surviving the Summer Heat Wave with Smart Energy Consumption

This week’s weather headlines are downright scary: the Weather Channel warns of the “Dangerous Situation on Tap for Southwest” and CNN notes that “Heat Scorches One Part of US.” My… Read more »

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Do you know an Arc Fault Detection Device (AFDD) can prevent from an electrical fire?

Conventional circuit breakers do not afford reliable protection against arc faults. That is because they are not designed to detect sudden dangerous arcs. They ensure protection against short circuits and… Read more »

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Electric arc fault detection helps put out home fires

Fires destroy lives, livelihoods, and businesses. There are hundreds of thousands every year. It is estimated that France alone numbers between 250,000 and 300,000. They claim around 400 lives and… Read more »

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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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CFOs, the change agents for energy management

Rising energy costs are a critical concern for executives across all sectors and implementing energy efficiency initiatives is now one of the core corporate strategies across industries today. For CFOs… Read more »

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The alarming state of electrical safety in many existing residential buildings

This is the first post in a 3-part blog series looking at the high level of electrical risks present in many older residential buildings, including a proposed strategy for gradually… Read more »

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3 Best Practices for Utility Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Program Design

In my last post,  I went through some of the drivers that prompt utilities to implement demand response (DR) and energy efficiency (EE) programs, and why it’s important to keep… Read more »

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For Best Results, Understand the Drivers Behind Utility Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Programs

For a utility demand response (DR) or energy efficiency (EE) program to be successful, it has to be designed based on a deep understanding of the problem to be solved… Read more »

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The Electrical Distribution System: A Ticking Time Bomb?

When was the last time you went to your building basement or to the ground floor and checked the Electrical Distribution System of your building? Or let’s start by asking,… 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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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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How Today’s Electrical Standards can help Improve Safety in Existing Dwellings

This is the second of three posts focusing on addressing electrical safety non-compliance in many older residential dwellings. In the first post, we looked at the risks and documented incidents… 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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The Interface is the Solution for Smart Homes

The Internet of Things, (IoT) and smart homes/buildings are getting a lot of buzz. There are good reasons for that — millions of them, in fact. BI Intelligence analysts say… Read more »

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How to live the real “Mobile Comfort” – Learn more on how we can all benefit from this trend…!

Smartphones, tablets and accordant applications are increasingly becoming an integral part of our daily life, that we might assume: we want an App for everything! Parallely the demand for remote… 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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Best Practices for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program Evaluation

A series of recent blog posts about energy efficiency and direct response programs, covered goals, design, security and delivery. This blog post looks at a final, crucial component: Program evaluation,… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Launches First Surge Protection Survey

In today’s digitally-driven, technology-savvy world, our lives – both personal and professional – have become increasingly dependent on the continuous availability of quality electrical power. From television sets and computers,… Read more »

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IoT in the Real World … How Can Mobile Apps Help Us Connect?

Note: This is the first in a series of blogs about the functionality and potential of custom end user apps for nontechnical owners or managers of commercial buildings. With the… Read more »

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5 Ways Racks Can Help Address IT Equipment Deployment Challenges

IT organizations face multiple challenges when it comes to how best to deploy computing equipment. Virtualization is putting an emphasis on consolidation and high densities. At the same time, many… Read more »

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Best Electrician – The extra something is a solution not a device

The big electrical equipment manufacturing companies today – like the one I work for – are increasingly producing integrated solutions. They are the “extra something” confident electricians propose when they… Read more »

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The Electrical Distribution System: A Ticking Time Bomb?

When was the last time you went to your building basement or to the ground floor and checked the Electrical Distribution System of your building? Or let’s start by asking,… Read more »

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The new prosumer microgrid: the key to energy flexibility, reliability, and savings

Electric grids everywhere are under stress. While the generation and transmission infrastructure ages, it’s predicted that by 2035 worldwide energy demand will grow by 41%. Weather events are also becoming… Read more »

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Outlining the Utility Opportunity in Demand Response Programs

Advances in smart metering technology are creating opportunities for utilities to roll out more demand response initiatives, and perhaps combine them with existing energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency programs have… Read more »

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