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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 Efficiency Advisor Helps Utilities Get Personal With Customers – and Drive ROI

Consumers are used to receiving recommendations for how they can improve the energy efficiency of their home, perhaps even immune to them. The mailings come from all quarters, including utility… Read more »

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Keys to Providing Security with Smart Thermostats

The Internet brings us lots of awesome capabilities that consumers and businesses alike naturally want to take advantage of. But every time you connect a device – any device –… Read more »

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Details matter – Saturn Zen switches and sockets

How annoying is that small pebble in your shoe? Now imagine having that pebble appear every time you wear those shoes.  That little pebble becomes a boulder when it becomes… Read more »

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The Digital Transformation Has Arrived

The digital transformation is here. There will be over 2 billion smartphones on the planet next year. Every minute, 72 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube. Over 1.5 trillion… Read more »

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Tips to Maximize the Life Expectancy of Your UPS System

UPS batteries have a forecasted lifespan of 3 to 5 years under recommended conditions. But what are these recommended conditions, and just how much do they affect the lifespan of… 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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Watts vs. VA: What’s the Difference Anyway?

Between the increasingly fragile power grid, the escalating power consumption of IT equipment and the constantly increasing importance of our network, it isn’t difficult to see the value a UPS… Read more »

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The case for Intelligent Sensors and Better Algorithms

If sensors and the building management system are used and well-maintained, managers can save energy and improve building sustainability. Conversely, bad sensors can lead to severe deviations in building performance. The… 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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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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3 Things to Check Before You Leave The Office Today

How to Prepare for Big Storms and Probable Power Outages Over 60 Million Americans are in the path of this week’s blizzard. The National Weather Service and the news media… Read more »

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For Auld Lang Syne: Top 10 Data Center Blogs of 2015

As a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” resounds at the stroke of midnight every December 31, many people wonder what these obscure words really mean. Well, they are an homage… Read more »

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Stay online when the power goes out. Personalized recommendations for back-up power in your home

The network is critical to the way we live, work, and entertain ourselves. That’s why it’s essential to stay connected to your digital life, even when the power goes out…. Read more »

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The Digital Transformation Has Arrived

The digital transformation is here. There will be over 2 billion smartphones on the planet next year. Every minute, 72 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube. Over 1.5 trillion… 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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Best Electrician – Tell a story to grow your business

If you’re a top, confident electrician you’re creative. You’re a storyteller. You have a fund of tales from all walks of life and your own personal experience. Use them. How… 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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‘Is this a Smart Home?’ 7 reasons why this’ll be your next question when buying a home

Change is the only constant – this statement might be a cliche, but there’s a change which is going to transform the way you’ll look at homes. Increasing pressure and… Read more »

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Best Electrician – Goes Beyond Customer Expectations

All you electricians out there, what do you think makes a good electrician? Not an easy question to answer when you consider how many hundreds and thousands of you are… Read more »

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How to realize dreams of the future – today! Plan for intelligent future-safety with KNX

Many of us are dreaming of an intelligent home. There are several visions of the future illustrated in many science-fiction movies. This we would also like to have today: the… 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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It’s all about Running Marathons and Conserving Energy

Part 1: Know your starting point 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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Back Up Your Backup!

Natural disasters are on a constant rise. There were at least 296 natural disasters recorded globally in 2013, with our region contributing the highest number. As Singapore is close to… 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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Weather Data: A Powerful Tool for Consumer and Utilities Alike

It’s not difficult to get weather reports these days, with any number of smart phone apps putting the information at your fingertips. So, at first glance, it may not seem… Read more »

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Important Note for Generator Owners on the Two Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

This week is the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, one of the most destructive natural disasters in our country’s history.  This devastating hurricane ultimately resulted in an estimated $65… Read more »

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Low Oil Prices and US Gasoline Demand Elasticity

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices A more than 30% drop in the US retail gasoline price average from the end of June to mid-December has… 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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The case for Intelligent Sensors and Better Algorithms

If sensors and the building management system are used and well-maintained, managers can save energy and improve building sustainability. Conversely, bad sensors can lead to severe deviations in building performance. The… Read more »

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