The New Power Couple: Energy Efficiency + Demand Response

Move over Bill and Hillary. An even more electrifying power couple is emerging: Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, or EE and DR as their fans call them. EE and DR may not be well-known beyond the world of energy geeks, but their pairing was the focus of intriguing discussion last week in Washington, D.C. at the National Summit on Integrating … [Read more...]

It’s Hot and Energy Costs Are Rising. You Can’t Change the Weather, So You….?

Heat waves and cold spells are a misery for the electric grid, and for anyone worried about energy costs. We can’t change the weather, but we can change how we respond. A little counter top device, keyed to the workings of the human brain, could show the way. The Energy Joule, a product by Ambient Devices, is one of many different tools now on … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Finds Its Cell Phone: Part III

By Elisa Wood April 15, 2013 The cell phone is quickly becoming a handy tool for tracking home energy use and even switching appliances on and off from afar. It also turns out to be a good way for consumers to view the inner workings of the electric grid – as ISO New England is showing. ISO-NE in September became the first grid operator to create … [Read more...]