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Technology Showcase: The Smart Home


At the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, General Electric unveiled its “Smart Home,” a system that’s been under development in response to the drastic increase in home and business energy consumption caused by the number of gadgets and small electronic appliances in mainstream use today. We’re talking about everything from televisions and laptops to the plethora of charging devices required to juice up our gadgets on a daily basis, which now account for 41% of total energy use in the home and 26% of energy use in the workplace.

Home Energy Checklist

You are taking the steps to reduce your energy consumption and are wondering what more can I do.  We have developed a list of high baseload culprits that range from simple behavioral changes to replacing old appliances with ENERGY STAR models.  What exactly do we mean by baseload?  Baseload is the energy used to power things you use on a day to day basis year round.  If you have any questions please give us a call and we can schedule a Baseload Analysis or a comprehensive Energy Efficiency Analysis.

Top 10 Typical High Baseload Uses

Home Performance Energy Star

ENERGY STAR is the industry standard and, government-backed symbol for energy efficient consumer products and practices. The label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to guide the homeowner towards a more efficient home.

Homestar Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program

The White HouseThe Homestar Act of 2010, playfully dubbed, “cash for caulkers,” is President Obama’s program of incentives for homeowners who make energy efficient improvements to their homes. This two-year federal program is intended to save the middle-class families hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs, reduce the dependence on oil and support the energy efficiency industry.