Editorial: Climate Change and Garage Door Openers

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Editorial: Climate Change and Garage Door Openers

California just approved legislation requiring all new garage door openers to have battery backups, so that doors would open even when electricity service is interrupted. The legislation—SB 969—sailed through with almost no ...

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Editorial: Natural Gas Is Becoming Less Attractive

Author: Alan Meier
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November 27, 2016

The United States and Canada have been fortunate to have access to natural gas for space heating, water heating, and other applications. Over the decades, gas supplies have been both reliable and affordable. We also ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: The Body and Soul of Connected Devices

Author: Alan Meier
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August 31, 2016

In a recent article by Chris Dorsi, he provides an excellent summary of the latest crop of Internet-connected devices for home energy applications. This year’s harvest is larger, more diverse, and often more ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: My Apartment in Tokyo

Author: Alan Meier
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April 30, 2016

Every time I visit Japan I learn something new, and my most recent trip was no exception. This time I stayed in an apartment, which exposed me to several new energy-related devices. First, what’... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Free Electricity

Author: Alan Meier
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February 29, 2016

A curious situation has recently arisen in electricity grids around the world: The wholesale price of electricity has occasionally gone negative. This means that the market will pay customers to use electricity. The grid in ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: The Discreet Charm of Attics and Crawl Spaces

Author: Alan Meier
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December 29, 2015

You would be professionally remiss if you did not read “Attics and Crawl Spaces” in this issue. The article by Terry Nordbye is a valuable reminder that home performance problems too often begin ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: VW Isn't the Only One That Circumvents

Author: Alan Meier
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November 01, 2015

The outrage against Volkswagen (VW) is justified, but let’s not forget that other manufacturers—a lot of manufacturers—have been circumventing energy and emissions tests for decades. Here are a few ... [continue reading]

EERE Success StoryŚMinnesota Offers Residents a Tip Sheet for Hiring Solar Installers

Kayla Dewitt of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

EERE Success StoryŚMinnesota Offers Residents a Tip Sheet for Hiring Solar Installers

When considering installing solar in your home, it can be difficult to decide who to trust. There are many companies ...

Spotlight on HPXML: A Look Ahead to 2019

Julie Caracino, HPC's Director of Research and Standards

Spotlight on HPXML: A Look Ahead to 2019

Last year was a great year for HPXML, the open data transfer standard for the residential energy efficiency industry. We ...

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