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Varieties of Smart Home Technology

Posted by Mark Stroub | 6/25/19 9:13 AM | 0 Comments

The idea of a smart home is attractive for a number of reasons, including convenience, safety and a sleek home aesthetic. From an industry standpoint, one of the most compelling advantages is that it increases energy efficiency by reducing unnecessary usage. In fact, according a 2018 ACEEE report, Energy Impacts of Smart Home Technologies, “U.S. homes can lower their energy use by up to one-sixth simply by incorporating smart technologies.” And with each new iteration, the technology becomes more viable, affordable and user-friendly.

Here are seven of the most promising areas of smart home living – and the potential cost savings from adopting each one.

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Barriers to Smart Home Technology Adoption

Posted by Steve Smith | 6/3/19 9:03 AM | 0 Comments

Although sales of smart home devices are ramping up, the daunting prospect of compatible platform integration, or interoperability, is still scaring off prospective consumers. 

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Anatomy of a High-Performing Online Utility Marketplace

Posted by Brian McKee | 5/6/19 9:07 AM | 0 Comments

We’ve all been there before. We’ve found ourselves browsing the internet and come across a great-looking online store we simply couldn’t resist. We clicked around, browsed products, read descriptions and reviews, confidently added items to our cart and checked out. We smiled in satisfaction upon receiving an instant confirmation that our new purchase was being prepped for shipment right to our door. Throughout this whole process, we never stopped to take note of the intuitive and intelligent design that made our shopping experience so easy and delightful.

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4 Best Practices Utilities Can Use to Save Energy by Saving Water

Posted by Gena R. West | 4/22/19 10:15 AM | 0 Comments

Among the wide variety of factors that influence whether a water savings program is successful, a few themes stand out as best practices. According to the ACEEE report “Saving Watts to Save Drops: Inclusion of Water Efficiency in Energy Efficiency Programs,” these four areas are key to determining a program’s viability.

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3 Standout Water Savings Initiatives

Posted by Jamie Mascarin | 4/8/19 10:15 AM | 0 Comments

Several programs have shown demonstrable, proactive thinking in their approach to maximizing water and energy conservation by seeing the two goals as interdependent. Here are three of the most notable for creating a new standard of best practices.

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5 Key Criteria Essential for a Successful Water-Saving Energy Efficiency Program

Posted by Paul Young | 3/25/19 9:00 AM | 0 Comments

In recent years, the relationship between water and energy, referred to as the energy-water nexus, has become a more compelling focus for energy efficiency programs. Researchers and practitioners are increasingly interested in better understanding this relationship in order to design integrated programs to manage energy and water in tandem. The ACEEE report “Saving Watts to Save Drops: Inclusion of Water Efficiency in Energy Efficiency Programs” laid out specific criteria for assessing the viability of water saving energy efficiency programs. It also serves well as a template for designing a successful program.

Here are five essential considerations to integrate into a well-planned water savings program.

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State-Led Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards

Posted by Brian McKee | 2/5/19 9:19 AM | 0 Comments

Appliance standards are a hot issue in our current energy efficiency landscape. According to the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), states have historically led the way in establishing standards for appliances and other equipment. 

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State Government–Led Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Posted by Tom Kovalak | 1/22/19 8:54 AM | 0 Comments

State government has enormous sway in advancing energy efficiency policies. But state government goes beyond traditional energy offices to include public universities, economic development agencies and general services agencies. State government gets involved in energy efficiency through these entities to focus on three common initiatives: financial incentive programs for consumers, businesses and industry; lead-by-example policies and programs to improve the energy efficiency of public facilities and fleets; and research and development for energy efficiency technologies and practices. 

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3 Ways Utilities are Successfully Advancing Energy Efficiency

Posted by John Bailes | 1/8/19 9:07 AM | 0 Comments

In light of a recent UN report on climate change, the need for energy efficiency has taken on even more urgency. Scientists warn that to avert the damages of global warming, we need to make massive changes to the way that we live our lives. The 2018 UN report says it will take nothing less than “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”

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Living our Purpose - 2018 Community Service Project

Posted by Danielle Marquis, Esq. | 12/18/18 9:50 AM | 0 Comments

Each day, 1,200 kids enter the United States foster care system, and they're usually given a trash bag to carry their belongings in. We wanted to find a way to help, so we partnered with Together We Rise, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the way kids experience foster care in America. 

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