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Smart Appliance Market to Reach Nearly $35 Billion Annually by 2020

As utilities around the world deploy smart meters, smart appliances (which use an intelligent power management strategy to optimize the load on the power distribution grid) have a significant role to play in realizing the vision of the smart grid.  Currently, these appliances are limited in terms of availability and types of products, but they will start to represent an increasing share of the total appliance market after 2015.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the annual value of the smart appliance market will grow from $613 million in 2012 to $34.9 billion in 2020. Continue reading

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Green Gift Idea of the Day – NEST Learning Thermostat

ORDER YOURS TODAY! Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

A thermostat for the smartphone generation

The next generation Nest has a new, slimmer design, is enclosed by a solid stainless steel ring and works with 95% of low voltage systems.

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. By programming itself, the Nest thermostat can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. You just have to teach it well.

  • 2nd generation design – Nest is now 20 percent thinner and works in 95 percent of homes with low voltage systems
  • Auto-Schedule – Nest remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Nest saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
  • Easy install – Most homeowners install Nest themselves in 30 minutes or less. After that, it’s just a matter of changing the temperature

ORDER YOURS TODAY! Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

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Daintree Networks and Cree Reduce Lighting Energy Demand by 91% for Sacramento Facility

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Daintree Networks, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent wireless lighting controls for commercial buildings, today announced a successful installation for the Sacramento facility of United Stationers Inc., a leading North American wholesale distributor of business products. With the help of Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), United Stationers installed an integrated intelligent lighting system consisting of Cree’s energy-saving LED fixtures and Daintree’s ControlScope wireless lighting controls solution in the location’s office and break room area. The result is over 91% expected savings.

“We’re thrilled with the results of this advanced lighting project. Not only are our associates pleased with their improved lighting and personal control, but we’re already saving substantial energy,” said Ted Pinnow, Maintenance Manager for United Stationers’ Sacramento facility. “The project came together quickly with painless installation, and I’ve been impressed by the seamless integration of Cree and Daintree Networks products.” Continue reading

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New Pike Survey Shows Interest in Home Energy Management and Smart Appliances

One of the primary goals of the smart grid movement is to empower consumers with greater control over their use of energy in the home.  However, this objective has proven to be an elusive one for utilities and other key stakeholders in the industry, and the promise of the smart energy home remains largely unfulfilled.  Many customers have been less enthusiastic about smart meters than the utilities originally anticipated, and in fact smart meters have been the subject of significant consumer opposition in some service territories.  Meanwhile, utilities and their vendors have struggled to identify the appropriate user experiences and business models for home energy management and smart energy devices.  Most pilot programs in the United States have continued to operate at a small scale as stakeholders explore these issues, and a number of utilities are wrestling with the fundamental question of what their role will be in terms of providing energy services on the customer side of the meter.  Despite these industry challenges, consumers still display solid interest in the overall concept of home energy management and in using smart appliances, according to a new consumer survey published by Pike Research.

The survey found that 47% of consumers would be “extremely” or “very” interested in home energy management products and services that would allow them to monitor and control energy usage in their home, based on a general description of the concept provided in Pike Research’s questionnaire.  Similarly, 45% of survey respondents stated that they would be interested in connected smart appliances that would help them manage their electricity consumption more efficiently. Continue reading

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P&G Teams with the Alliance to Save Energy to Educate Public on Benefits of Cold Water Washing

Partnership to Promote Energy Savings and COReductions from Change in Laundry Habits

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) today announced a strategic partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy (the Alliance), a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy, to publicize the environmental and energy savings benefits of washing laundry in cold water. Through this agreement, the Alliance will work with P&G’s natural resource education initiative, Future Friendly, to provide consumers with the information they need to convert from hot/warm water washing habits to cold water washing.

“We look forward to working with the Alliance to Save Energy to showcase how little acts like switching to cold water washing can create enormous benefits for the environment”

“Energy efficiency doesn’t always require huge investments or new equipment, but it often requires education,” said Kateri Callahan, Alliance to Save Energy President. “If we can overcome consumer barriers to cold water washing, consumers would find it easy to be more energy efficient and to reduce their home energy bills. With just the switch of a dial, cold water washing is one of the simplest ways to save energy and money and benefit the environment.” Continue reading

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GE Launches GeoSpring™ – Its Most Energy-Efficient, Hybrid Electric Water Heater

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NYSE: GE) — Nearly all Americans (96 percent) think improved appliance efficiency is important for personal financial reasons, yet many homeowners don’t realize their water heater is the second single-biggest, energy-consuming appliance in their home, behind the HVAC system and that more energy-efficient options are available in the marketplace.

“Approximately 50 percent of U.S. households use a standard electric water heater”

To address consumers’ growing desire to save money and be environmentally conscious, GE is launching GeoSpring™, the firsthybrid electric ENERGY STAR®-qualified water heater manufactured in the U.S. that will save an average consumer $325 every year on their utility bills.

“There are very few products for your home that will save homeowners as much money as the GeoSpring,” said Stephen Downer, GE product general manager for water products. “With the state of today’s economy, we’re betting on acceptance of this technology from consumers who want to save money on their energy bills and support the GE employees in the U.S.” Continue reading

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75-Inch LaserVue TV Receives 2012 Most Efficient ENERGY STAR® Award

World’s only laser TV from Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America boasts one of the lowest watts-per-inch ratios in the industry

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) today announced that its 75-inch LaserVue® TV was awarded the Most Efficient ENERGY STAR® designation for 2012, making it one of the most energy-efficient televisions 55-inches or larger sold in the United States.

“Based on size, viewing experience and energy efficiency, the LaserVue is a great choice for energy-conscious consumers and those who want an unmatched home theater experience.”

The only laser TV in the world, Mitsubishi’s LaserVue model L75-A94 is the largest TV to be recognized in the Most Efficient ENERGY STAR rankings. Thanks to its precise laser-light source, LaserVue delivers pure, cinema-like color at a fraction of the power consumption of similarly-sized flat panel TVs. The LaserVue L75-A94 operates at less than 85 watts, below the ENERGY STAR 5.3 requirement of 108 watts. Continue reading

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11 Tips to Green your Refrigerator

Refrigerators use more electricity than any other kitchen appliance.  Although, in the past several decades, advances in technology have cut refrigerator energy use by more than 60 percent. 

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you can begin to reduce your energy consumption and the effects your refrigerator has on the environment.

✔ Choose an EnergyStar rated refrigerator – EnergyStar qualified refrigerators are required to use 20% less energy than models not labeled with the EnergyStar logo. By choosing an EnergyStar model, you could cut your energy bills by $165 over the lifetime of your refrigerator.

If you are still operating a refrigerator which was purchased in the 1980s, replacing it with an EnergyStar rated model could save you over $100 a year on your electricity consumption. Replacing a refrigerator bought in the 1970s could save you nearly $200 every year. Continue reading

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