Energy Efficiency

  • Why utilities need to embrace new connected technology
  • Jan 28, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    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!
  • Jan 27, 2015 | Wannie Park

    Smart thermostats are the latest tool in the arsenal for utilities to stay relevant with customers.

  • Jan 26, 2015 | Jonathan Kleinman

    Five trends will have an impact on both consumers’ and utilities’ implementation of energy efficiency measures this year. 

  • Jan 13, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    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 on your mind will be reducing your home's energy consumption. Until now...
  • Jan 02, 2015 | Shira Weintraub
    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 unlock a new way to save more money in less time.
  • Dec 30, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    With so many smart thermostats on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you. You want one that is going to be easy to install, simple to program, pleasing to look at, and probably most important, one that will save you money.
  • Dec 24, 2014 | Jessica Kennedy
    Results of a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) presents a life cycle assessment (LCA) on an array of electricity generation sources, from fossil fuels to solar power.
  • Nov 28, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    There's one thing you probably don't know about Apple. The information technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek's Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered "greener" than Apple. You've got to admit that's impressive.
  • Nov 14, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    To assist our readers who are looking to become experts at managing their facility's energy consumption, we turned to Hines Interests Limited Partnership, which has one particular technique that not only leads to lower energy bills, but also a personalized check in the mail.
  • Nov 13, 2014 | Katia Lundy
    Business leaders have traditionally focused on productivity, competition and the bottom line. But these days, they must also focus on what might now be their biggest cost - energy. And to do that, they need what is known as an energy management policy.
  • Nov 11, 2014 | Karen Wirth
    Many Americans know about the importance of saving energy and water. But few know about the drops-to-watts connection-that it takes energy to pump, heat, treat, and deliver the water we use every day for showering, bathing, cooking, and cleaning. In fact, homes with electric water heaters spend one-fourth of their total electric bills just to heat water.
  • Nov 10, 2014 | Matthew Cohen
    Matthew Cohen, Energy Management Practice Leader with DRI, interviews Jon Hilberg, President & CEO of KMC Controls, who talks about new technology and talent acquisition in the Building Automation space.
  • Nov 06, 2014 | Katia Lundy
    Don't look now, but your energy bill is going to be about two percent higher than it was last year, according to the Federal Energy Information Administration. The rise is attributed to higher costs of fuels used in energy generation. But maybe it's better that you do look, and closely, too, because there are plenty of ways to trim down your energy bill.
  • Oct 03, 2014 | Fiona Jameson
    Owning a business can be an expensive venture and when you're just starting out as a small business bills for electricity, water, the Internet, phone lines etc. can rack up pretty quickly so it's always a smart idea to try and cut costs wherever you can. After all every little bit helps.
  • Sep 26, 2014 | Thomas Yoder, PhD
    Many people value outside-the-box thinking, especially for its ability to see a new pathway forward. If you find yourself lacking in innovation, try implementing a disciplined approach to analyzing the order of things. What was once hidden may now be seen. A house may become a device, and so too a substation.
  • Oct 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It may be the most perplexing problem facing utilities that implement residential energy efficiency programs: Why don’t more homeowners take advantage of what is essentially a free pot of money?

  • Sep 30, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In this case, we’re not talking MaRS as in the fourth planet from the sun—although this MaRS is also an interesting slice of science learning, just like the planet. And our MaRS is not in outer space—although it is in a bit of urban space elbowed out of the city of Toronto. What is this MaRS exactly, then? 

  • Sep 23, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    The evolution of the utility industry has been pretty stagnant over the last hundred years or so. Power plants generate the electricity, it gets sent to your house through a network of wires and transformers, and the utility company sends you a bill every month.
  • Sep 19, 2014 | Richard Ware
    For those who have been watching the ongoing climate debate about global warming, the increasingly hot summer months are a poignant reminder of that phenomenon whenever the monthly power bill arrives in the mailbox.