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Building Technology, Plug Loads

Tips to Keep Your Electric Bill at Bay

4 May , 2016  

How To Hack Your Electric Bill Huffington Post, April 27, 2016 You turn off the lights when you leave a room. You unplug small appliances when they aren’t in use. You think you’re being pretty smart about your energy consumption, yet every month your electric bill keeps creeping up. You shudder to think how high […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Emerging Technology, Renewables

Solar Thermal or Water Heater Efficiency?

3 Aug , 2015  

Max Twogood for Zondits, August 3, 2015. Image credit: Avalanche Energy [Somerville, MA] Avalanche Energy is a small start-up with a new take on a century-old technology. While they are based just outside of the snowy city of Boston, Avalanche has nothing to do with this frosty precipitation. Avalanche Energy has invented a novel solar […]

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Building Technology, Whole Building

Water Heating in the Zero Emissions Age

2 Mar , 2015  

Water Heating in the Zero Emissions Age Ryan Pollin for Zondits, March 2, 2015 Although standard water heaters come in a few configurations, they have yet to see a significant technology interruption in the same way that HVAC has been swarmed with variable frequency drives, or lighting has been rocked by CFLs and LEDs. Take […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

Want community solar? Take a free water heater

26 Feb , 2015  

community solar

Why one electric co-op is offering their solar customers free water heaters Utility Dive, February 10, 2015 Minnesota’s Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric recently announced plans to construct a 250-panel community solar array, and will sell panels to customers at $170 a pop. If that seems like a really good deal, here’s the “catch”: To get the […]

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