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Maybe connecting a smart Nest Thermostat to a smart Big Ass fan isn't so dumb

Maybe connecting a smart Nest Thermostat to a smart Big Ass fan isn't so dumb | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
The smart home may not be so dumb after all, if this is the kind of thing that it can do.
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Electrical unions launch net-zero energy training center

Electrical unions launch net-zero energy training center | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
Why shouldn't every electrician be an expert in energy efficiency? That's the aim of the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute.
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This is exactly what we need in every EU country as well. With over 2 million installers in Europe, of which 1 out of 6 apprentice (being the net zero-energy advisers for the coming decades), what are we waiting for?

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We Are On The Verge Of An Electric Car Battery Breakthrough

We Are On The Verge Of An Electric Car Battery Breakthrough | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
Investment pundits think that Tesla Motors is on the verge of achieving something big: A battery cheap enough to make electric vehicles cost-competitive with conventional cars.
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Imortant step in making electric vehicles scalable? Should come together with making electricity generation greener, as stated in the last paragraph of this post. 

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Parks Says 64% of Smart Devices Connected to Security or Home Control

Parks Says 64% of Smart Devices Connected to Security or Home Control | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
A new report also claims that 4 percent of U.S. households will have a smart controller by the end of the year.
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According to this study, consumers are starting to buy individual products such as smart programmable thermostats and smart smoke detectors in greater numbers and install them as stand-alone devices—but with the expectation that these new devices will interact with all existing and future devices in the home. I'd like to know on what common platform that integration will take place...

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According to this study, consumers are starting to buy individual products such as smart programmable thermostats and smart smoke detectors in greater numbers and install them as stand-alone devices—but with the expectation that these new devices will interact with all existing and future devices in the home. I'd like to know on what common platform that integration will take place...

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Demand response: Europe is falling behind - EnergyPost.eu

Demand response: Europe is falling behind - EnergyPost.eu | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
TweetIf households and businesses in Europe were able to adapt their electricity consumption to price signals, it would lower their electricity bills considerably and cut peak demand for electricity by 10%, Yet, the European Commission notes in a...
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Smart Grid: Smart grid, the Internet of Things and security – an inside look

Smart Grid: Smart grid, the Internet of Things and security – an inside look | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - We all know security is critical to the success of smart grid deployments and their operation.
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Electric Vehicle Chargers: How to Install One in Your Home | Poplar Network

Electric Vehicle Chargers: How to Install One in Your Home | Poplar Network | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, there are about 200,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids on the road throughout the world... 50% of them...
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Business Bits: Garage doors present window of opportunity

Business Bits: Garage doors present window of opportunity | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
Ryan Danard and Paul Aberle have an app for everyone wondering if they left their garage door open.
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Alex Laskey: How behavioral science can lower your energy bill | Video on TED.com

What's a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.
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Product Review: Seven Inspirational Designs for Smart Home Control | KNXtoday

Product Review: Seven Inspirational Designs for Smart Home Control | KNXtoday | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it

Despite the technical advantages of using an open protocol, I found that some of my peers were still using proprietary systems. Why? One of them illustrated the reason by pointing at pictures of KNX push buttons from some well-known manufacturers, saying “Look at them, they are ugly, plain and have a very limited choice of finishing materials. They also sit about half an inch proud of the wall. Customers prefer flat push buttons like the ones from Lutron.”

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Why we should not only focus on the technical advantages of an open protocol like KNX and not forget what design of buttons and controllers does with the end-user.

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Life-cycle study shows current LED bulbs about on par with CFLs, but next-generation twice as good

Life-cycle study shows current LED bulbs about on par with CFLs, but next-generation twice as good | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
We already know that incandescent light-bulbs are on the way out because they're incredibly wasteful, being better at producing heat than light...
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Next-generation LEDs will mean the real leap forward in comparison to CFLs. 

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Cosmic Led combines the light bulb with the audio speaker

Cosmic Led combines the light bulb with the audio speaker | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
eTiger's Cosmic Led is a hybrid unit that is both a speaker and a light bulb. All it takes is plugging it into lamps as well as ceiling roses. The 7.6 Led o...
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We need smart thermostats because people are dumb

We need smart thermostats because people are dumb | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
Critics argue we should focus on the basics before investing in expensive thermostats. But what if they are a gateway drug?
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"So long as smart thermostat designers are focused on helping homeowners save more energy—rather than allowing them to obsessively tweak their surroundings—I firmly believe they are a step in the right direction."

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Do you prefer a traditional or a contemporary electrical installation?

Do you prefer a traditional or a contemporary electrical installation? | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it

The last two decades have seen many new technologies for electrical installations find their way into our homes in order to deal with the limitations of the traditional installation.

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How EVs Could Make Solar Viable Without Subsidies

How EVs Could Make Solar Viable Without Subsidies | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
RenewEconomy.

Investment bank UBS says the addition of electric vehicles, and the proliferation of battery storage, will solve the problem of intermittency for rooftop solar and make it viable without subsidies. So much so, it says, that households will be able to budget for 12 years of “free electricity” for a 20-year solar system.

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The combination of EVs plus solar plus storage will deliver a payback time of 6-8 years by 2020 – effectively making centralised fossil fuel generation redundant, states this report. So much for the economics. Any ideas on the technical viability of this trinity when implemented on a massive scale?

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Best Practice: Integrated System Design – the Right Choice for Your Clients | KNXtoday

Best Practice: Integrated System Design – the Right Choice for Your Clients | KNXtoday | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
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Many new so-called Smart Home initiatives and products seem to underestimate exactly what is described in this article: the necessity for a single, hardware-based, control platform that integrates all low-voltage systems into one platform. Only a smart phone and a thermostat with an IP address won't do.

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Teki system lets patients visit the doctor via Kinect

Teki system lets patients visit the doctor via Kinect | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
The Teki system allows patients with chronic conditions to quickly check in with their doctors via an internet-connected Microsoft Kinect unit, thus reducin...
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SmartThings Raises $12.5 Million in Series A Funding | Business Wire

SmartThings Raises $12.5 Million in Series A Funding | Business Wire | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
SmartThings, the open platform for the Internet of Things, announced today that it has raised $12.5 million in a Series A round of funding from Greylo
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SmartThings’ Starter Kits enable customers to make homes secure, smart and fun with a simple mobile application that controls an open system of connected devices.

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How Germany's second-biggest utility is radically changing its business model

How Germany's second-biggest utility is radically changing its business model | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
With 24 million customers and over 50,000 MW of capacity, RWE's strategic transition won't be easy—but it might save its business.
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RWE, one of the largest electric utilities in Europe, recently said it will adopt a new business model to survive Europe's energy transition from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and renewables.

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Neurio sensor monitors multiple household appliances to cut energy consumption

Neurio sensor monitors multiple household appliances to cut energy consumption | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
Canadian smart energy company Energy Aware has developed a product called Neurio, which is designed to help users monitor domestic energy usage. The package...
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Learning home: Neurio sensor makes ordinary appliances smart, as opposed to include "smart appliances".

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Research: Smart Home Market in UK | KNXtoday

Research: Smart Home Market in UK | KNXtoday | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it

In this series of reports, we highlight key findings of our European Smart Home Market Study which was carried out during 2011 with a view to anticipating how the market will develop over the coming years. We undertook the research by interviewing and exchanging information with the top players and stakeholders around Europe, and the resultant study is the one of the first to comprehensively analyse all of the available knowledge on smart home technologies and generate reliable market data. The project includes nine in-depth reports on different European markets: Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Poland. In this issue, we summarise the results from the UK.

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To provide a ‘mass-market’ off-the shelf solution, the industry should ensure the use of universally applicable devices (such as the smart phone and tablet) as user interfaces, and establish a universal standard of communication such as the KNX protocol (the most appropriate option currently available), as well as looking at technological opportunities for integrating consumer electronics, security, and lighting on the one hand, and heating and home energy management systems on the other.

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5 reasons why the Internet of Things will reshape Energy Efficiency

5 reasons why the Internet of Things will reshape Energy Efficiency | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
As Patrick Gray said: "The Internet of Things (IoT) appears to be moving from futurist speculation to reality." Here’s a look at what business value it may hold at Energy Efficiency industry: the 5...

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How automation is providing operational, energy and security efficiencies for SAHMRI

How automation is providing operational, energy and security efficiencies for SAHMRI | Home Electricity for 2020 | Scoop.it
Facility Management Magazine
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Innovative 25,000-square metre medical facility: the Integrated Building System (IBS) integrates the most innovative building technologies, such as heating and cooling, hydraulics, lifts, fire monitoring, electrical monitoring, lighting, security and lab controls, to maximise building performance, energy efficiency and ongoing cost savings throughout the facility’s life cycle.

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