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How do we use energy at home by Atlantic video

How do we use Energy at home

From gadgets to kitchen appliances to heating, everything have changed at home. Everything is standardized, automated and increasingly energy hungry.

Below, this two-minute video realized by Atlantic video show us what it takes to power an American home and how shifting demographics have influenced energy use since 1980.

Let's see green by Maxwell Haynes

“How do we use Energy at home” by Atlantic video

 

We don’t forget to thank the great job of Alexis Madrigal the technology editor and Lindsey Testolin in charge of the animation of the video.

Next time, we’ll discuss of why smart homes haven’t taken off yet.

Buildings efficiency

The 4 mistakes when pitching building efficiency

Buildings efficiencyAlthough new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment. Below, Sara Neff explain to us which are the 4 mistakes common when pitching building efficiency.

 

 

 

Sara Neff, November 6, 2013

Let's see green by Maxwell Haynes

Your grandma beats you while saving energy

The seniors are the people the most sensitive to the wasting of energy due to the fact that they stay at their home most of the time. Thus, they need to watch their energy consumption.

Below, a little video realized by Maxwell Haynes about senior citizens’ commitment in the green economy. The purpose of this video it’s to “improving senior citizens knowledge of saving energy, energy efficiency and the technologies which can help them to produce energy”.

Let's see green by Maxwell Haynes

“Let’s see Green” by Maxwell Haynes

Next time, we’ll see more about raising people’s awareness and behavioral sciences.

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How to increase Energy Efficiency

Everybody wonders to make more green its house or its good properties. Which behavior to adopt, which actions to undertake and finally how to increase its energy efficiency quickly.

Below an infographic of Delaware Valley to transmit us top actions to be adopted.

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Traditional Audits vs Virtual Energy Audits

The differences between Traditional Audits vs Virtual Energy Audits

Traditional Audits vs Virtual Energy AuditsWe have already talked about Energy Audits. But nowadays, an another form of audit is developing : The Virtual Energy Audits. Below, Hugh Gaasch and Chris Muth explain to us what are the differences between this two forms of Energy Audits.

 

 

 

Hugh Gaasch and Chris Muth: May 15, 2013 

There’s been an interesting discussion recently about data analytics and software solutions that aim to improve the building energy-efficiency evaluation process. At the heart of this debate is what can be learned about a building without ever going on-site versus what can be gleaned from a traditional energy audit.

what is energy audit video

Understanding the Energy Audit in less than 1 minute

An energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows for energy conservation in a building, process or system to reduce the amount of energy. In commercial and industrial real estate, an energy audit is the first step in identifying opportunities to reduce energy expense and carbon footprints. More and more companies begin to make audits as specialized Deepki, a start-up specialized in the data analysis.

Here is a short video of Michael Thomas, sharing what is underlying an energy audit. What a world-record short-time video clip. 🙂

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Michael Thomas intervention about the energy audit

 

WHO CAN HELP FIRMS AND AUTHORITIES IMPLEMENT ENERGY EFFICIENCY SOLUTIONS?

Who can help you implement Energy Efficiency solutions?

WHO CAN HELP FIRMS AND AUTHORITIES IMPLEMENT ENERGY EFFICIENCY SOLUTIONS?

Your clients receive everyday many sollicitations from so-called leaders of their industry willing to offer Energy Efficiency solutions for very little money and lots of expected benefits. Who are they? Which firms try to break into this industry of sobriety? What do they really sell? Are all these solutions comparable?

As a consequence, suppliers provide many different solutions to achieve these goals. Thus, existing Energy Efficiency suppliers in the Market include, among many different actors willing to lead the energy performance relationship with customers, such as ESCOs, equipment suppliers, utilities, software and cable companies, and contractors. Let’s have a look at the main European ones:

Twitter.com

#EnergyEfficiency: 10 people to follow on Twitter

Twitter.com

Twitter.com

We’ve already seen in a past post, top 10 organisations to follow on Twitter in terms of Energy Efficiency news. Here are 10 influencers you should follow on Twitter to help promote Energy Efficiency within your firm or institution:

  1. Jesse Jenkins 
  2. Michael Levi     
  3. Chris Nelder 
  4. Stephen Lacey Inc 
  5. Sea Rotmann
  6. Spenser Villwock 
  7. Ryan Manchee
  8. Lacey Miller 

 

These accounts have been chosen not for what they promote, but for their influence in the #EnergyEfficiency Twitter Community and for the quality of their day-to-day contribution.

Opower

5 energy efficiency apps you really want to download

As Rachel England said “there’s an app for everything nowadays, and energy-saving is no exception”. Smart-phones offer a million times the opportunity to save energy and to make your day-to-day behaviour smarter and more environmental friendly.

Here are some of the most interesting apps we have already met. Feel free to share yours here above in the comment section.

 

My CO2 Calculator

Internet of things

5 reasons why the Internet of Things will reshape Energy Efficiency

Internet of things

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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 main reasons why Energy Efficiency business developers should look at IoT revolution.

  • Every things can talk.“The “thing” […] is any item that can contain an embedded, connected computing device.” For energy consuming devices, a “thing” in the IoT could be a self-powered no-battery no-wire connected meter or a light bulb that sends luminosity data to a server somewhere on the Internet.
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What if you could breakdown electricity consumption with one meter only

Copyright QUALISTEO

What if it was possible to get the power consumption breakdown by electricity usage of a building, based on a single sensor? What if all submetering systems became obsolete because of one signal processing technology? Today, this comes true thanks to NIALM (Non Intrusive Appliances Load Monitoring) technologies.

NIALM technologies are processes for desagregating power and deducing what appliances are used in a building through a single metering point.

Wikipedia

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Really?

WikipediaGetting through blogs, forums and other experts’ chats, you’d notice that Building Management System manufacturers, IPMVP experts, Energy Auditors, and more generally most of Energy Efficiency Project Managers keep saying “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” If I do believe and know that information is key to successfully implement Energy Efficiency measures, I simultaneously think that measurement can be necessary but it’s never sufficient.

Let’s reflect about this interesting subject quoting the excellent Liz RYAN‘s article called “The Three Biggest Lies Told in Business”:

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Nobody wants to pay for smart home stuff

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Hard Graft

Citing Jesse BERST, “utilities could get sucked into the smart appliances trap just as several of them fell for the in-home display idea. It doesn’t make sense for utilities to subsidize products that consumers don’t want. And consumers don’t want smart appliances.” Indeed, everybody talk about smart stuff, dozens of startups try to break into the smart home market, and no smash hit is coming.  Why?

As Beth BUCZYNSKI said, “are smart appliances worth the big investment?” It seems that the industry hasn’t yet provided a killer app everybody would be happy to pay to have it.

Europa Blog

The 10 blogs every Energy Efficiency experts should subscribe to

Europa Blog

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Reasons why people spend their free time writting posts on Energy Efficiency frenetically are numerous: passion, willingness to share, desire to raise others’ awareness, just the pleasure to show off, expectation to become an expert, monetisation… 🙂

Whatever their reasons are, I feel very happy to have met these blogs on my road. They are all insightful showing a high level of expertise. Hope this post will help widen our community. And actually, I said 10 blogs but I’m not able to choose only 10 amongst them. So these are my 12 favorites. 😉

Alex LASKEY's presentation of behavioural science

How behavioural science can lower your energy bill

Alex LASKEY, one of the OPOWER‘s founders, gave a great TED presentation about how behaviour changes can help us save energy. This is another great example how to make Energy Efficiency sexy. Here is the 8-min video and his speech I tried to wrap up.

Alex LASKEY's presentation of behavioural science

TED: click on the image

How many of you have checked your email today? Raise your hands.

And how about finances? Anybody check that today? Credit card, investment account? How about this week?

Obstacles

The 5 reasons why Energy Efficiency doesn’t work naturally

Everybody agree that Energy Efficiency is an important matter, and that it’s a priority. However, in practice, it looks as if implementing massive energy savings is much more complex than it seems to be initially. Amongst numerous reasons detailed in the attached document, 5 definitely shape the perception we have about Energy Efficiency. Here they are:

  1. Nobody sends you a cheque when you implement an Energy Conservation Measure! So, you can’t see it in your P&L, you can’t discount it, and you can’t value it in a Business Plan.
  2. It’s physically impossible to prove an energy saving! So, you can’t measure it with a meter.