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Posted By: Charlie Hewitt - Principal, Sarsen Energy Group
On: May 15, 2015
Discussions on distributed generation and energy storage seem to dominate the home energy forums.  Declining rooftop photovoltaic prices and emerging home-scale battery technologies make for great headlines and bold predictions.  Naturally, this subject brings up myriad polarizing issues including net metering, property taxes, and government subsidies.  With these issues taking  more...
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Posted By: Rick Barnett - Consultant, Green Builder
On: May 12, 2015
Untitled Document Continuing from previous posts about possible over-crediting for estimated energy savings, I’ve taken a closer look at the method used by regulatory agencies to approve customer-funded efficiency programs. Intertwined with a long-standing flow of public dollars to promote energy conservation, many US utilities include efficiency in their customer-funded  more...
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Posted By: Mallory Sass - Solutions Marketing Manager, Utility Demand Side Management, Nexant
On: April 29, 2015
Streamlining how utilities conduct energy assessments is valuable in itself, but the often overlooked yet extremely valuable piece of an energy assessment is actually the data collected during the audit. This is the pot of gold for the utility as it helps demystify their customer base and provides deep visibility  more...
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Posted By: Essie Snell
On: April 28, 2015
The home energy management (HEM) market—made up of systems of smart, networked devices that can dynamically adjust energy use within a home—has been evolving dramatically. A number of analysts are now forecasting rapid growth over the next several years that could turn HEM into a multibillion-dollar industry by 2020. Although  more...
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Posted By: Rick Barnett - Consultant, Green Builder
On: March 10, 2015
“Saving” is a popular marketing pitch that emerged with rising consumption: “save 50% when you buy 3”, “save time when you buy our gadget”, “save energy with our efficient furnace”, etc. These promises are made to motivate consumers to buy products. Money placed in a savings account is available for  more...
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Posted By: Katrina McMurrian - Executive Director, Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF)
On: February 25, 2015
The grid.  It might not sound that exciting, but look beneath the surface and you’ll find a dynamic system that is essential to our everyday lives and constantly developing and adapting to meet new needs.  As winter prompts Americans into turning up the heat, putting the value of electricity in  more...
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Posted By: Bruce Baccei - Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
On: February 4, 2015
The US Department of Energy (DOE) with data from AHRI informs us that 60% of commercial floor space in the US is heated and cooled by one speed roof top units (RTUs). This means that every time anyone of these RTUs comes on, a mild spring day or the full  more...
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Posted By: Bruce Baccei - Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
On: January 28, 2015
Conventional Air Conditioners (ACs) Lose Efficiency as Temperatures Rise As temperatures rise in the searing heat of July and August afternoons, above 90-95° F, ACs work harder and harder using more energy per unit of cooling provided because their efficiency goes DOWN as temperatures rise! To make matters worse, at  more...
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Posted By: Wayne M. Kovach - SEO Specialist, NRG Business – Demand Response
On: January 13, 2015
Owning a home is no easy task. Sure, you build equity, make it your own, and have some really memorable parties, but the investment of time and money can drain you both physically and mentally. If you couple that with raising a family and working full time, the last thing  more...
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Posted By: Shira Weintraub - Marketing Program Manager, Urjanet
On: January 2, 2015
Many residential consumers are currently unaware of one of the easiest ways to reduce their cost of living. Some spend hours researching different smartphone data plans and cable services to save only a few dollars a month. By understanding what utility tariffs are and which ones are available, residents can  more...
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