Residential

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Shed a Heavy Load with this Carbon Footprint Calculator

When training for a marathon you need to keep track of your progress so you can keep striving for improvement.  This same concept is applicable to reducing your carbon footprint… Read more »

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US Gasoline Demand Nosedives after Thanksgiving

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration shows gasoline demand in the United States dropped 9.3% to a six-month low… Read more »

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