Residential

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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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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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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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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Home Energy Management Systems Are Poised to Have an Outsized Affect on Energy Sustainability Efforts

The market for home energy management systems (HEMS) is poised for rapid growth over the next several years, the result of trends including the need for energy conservation and optimal… 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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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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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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Stay Online When the Power Goes Out – 3 Popular Myths About Your Internet Connection

Remember back in the 90’s when the most sophisticated electronic equipment in your home was a desktop computer? Today, your home has dozens of highly intelligent electronic devices, many of… Read more »

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Wiser Air – Delivering personalized communication to customers

Many of us have programmable thermostats at home and we probably think we’re doing a wonderful job at saving energy by keeping temperatures comfortable when people are home but choosing… Read more »

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How Residential Demand-Side Management is Helping Electric Utilities Cope with Seismic Industry Changes

There is no doubt that the electric utility industry is dealing with changes that were unanticipated even a few years ago. Stop for a moment and consider how much the… Read more »

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Running a Marathon or a Business? How Technology Impacts the Success of Both

Part 2: Learning the lessons 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 limbs…. 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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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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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 Internet of Things Provides the Opportunity to Achieve Global Sustainability Now

Take a look at these numbers. 1.3 billion – that’s the number of people in the world today who don’t have access to electricity. 30% – this number represents the… Read more »

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