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

// For a utility demand response management (DR) or energy efficiency (EE) program to be successful, it has to be designed based on a deep understanding of the problem to… 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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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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Choosing LED lighting for enclosures: 6 important features

In the quest for improved energy efficiency and lower energy costs, most parts of the globe have begun adopting LED technology. And the trend shows no sign of abating. A… 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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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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If You’ve Got a Cloud, We’ve Got a Box For It

As businesses migrate their IT to the Cloud, and as virtualization takes hold, physical IT on the business premises is shrinking, particularly in remote, branch and SME offices. This poses… 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 management (DR) or energy efficiency (EE) program to be successful, it has to be designed based on a deep understanding of the problem to… 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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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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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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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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