Editorial: At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things
The Internet of Things has already improved my everyday life. Devices that communicate with each other deliver new services and features that I appreciate. However, as the Internet of Things expands from a few linked ...
Several new types of electricity-saving devices are becoming common. These gadgets rely on electronics to operate an appliance more efficiently. [continue reading]
Curious changes are occurring in branches of the federal government that deal with home energy use. Funding to save energy in homes is increasing while budgets for more glamorous items like space stations are being cut. This is happening, despite a struggle in Congress over funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. [continue reading]
One of the feature articles in this issue describes the air conditioning savings that can be obtained by simply changing the color of a home's roof (see "Saving Energy with Reflective Roof Coatings," p.15). To be sure, the savings from this measure appear to be greatest in Florida and other southern states, but the results shouldn't be ignored elsewhere. [continue reading]
There is a special group of conservation measures called "fuel switching." In most cases, these measures involve removing an electric appliance and replacing it with a natural gas counterpart. [continue reading]
It's 1994 and Home Energy is ten years old. One of the ways we are celebrating this anniversary is by reprinting "classic" articles from our archives, along with current articles on the same subject. [continue reading]
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the release of a new online simulation tool that provides free, targeted ...