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Are smart homes a clever move?

Lloyd Alter in the Guardian the other day made a plea for dumb homes and dumb cities, riling against the recent rash of smart everything. I came across this via a tweet from Nick Grant (@ecominimalnick) saying that “in a Passivhaus a smart thermostat would be bored silly :)” Yes, but… but… it’s not...

Submitted by Steven Harris on Fri, 13/06/2014 - 08:45

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Top tech versus top tips in the home

The collision of smarter homes and smarter phones is bound to throw up some interesting developments. One that has piqued wide interest is the launch of a new thermostat which its makers claim learns your heating behaviours with the potential to cut nearly a third from your heating bill. It is...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 06/05/2014 - 08:45

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2014: An important year for energy saving

David Hall is Executive Director of social enterprise, Behaviour Change . In this blog he outlines three key reasons why this year is likely to be significant for energy saving. After Labour’s price freeze plan took the party conference season by storm, energy issues were rarely out of the...

Submitted by Guest blogger on Thu, 30/01/2014 - 09:00

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Home heating: what’s your type?

Are you Egocentric or a Planner? A Rationer or a Hands off? Or could you even be a Reactor? We all get labelled for one reason or another, normally to sell us something, but in this case it’s how we run the heating of our homes. Back in October 2013, the Department of Energy and Climate Change...

Submitted by Steven Harris on Tue, 28/01/2014 - 08:45

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High hopes for a smart future

The smart grid is coming. That’s the message from a survey of global energy executives – 98 per cent of whom say it’s a natural extension to current grid upgrades and a core part of their investment strategy. More than two thirds of those polled in the Accenture study are also convinced that the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 06/12/2013 - 08:45

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Smart grids: enabling a smart world

Smart grids expert, Stephen Passmore, explains what a smart grid does, our work which tests opportunities for the grid, and how it will benefit households in the future. A sustainable energy future will rely upon a secure, low-carbon and affordable energy supply. This will mean moving away from our...

Submitted by Stephen Passmore on Tue, 27/08/2013 - 09:00

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