As it turns out, with near real-time feedback, most electricity consumers will take action to reduce energy usage, according to information released by CenterPoint Energy. CenterPoint conducted a pilot program with 300 Texas customers using a simple in-home display (IHD) wirelessly connected to a smart meter. Consumers used the IHD to obtain electricity usage data and a forecast of monthly usage and costs, spurring them to turn off lights, adjust the indoor temperature, and switch to energy-saving light bulbs.
Watch this video. It’s a mash-up of Fox News bashing the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”). Most of the commentators seem to have an aversion to CFLs for one reason or another (i.e., bulb appearance, bulb cost, light quality, light color, mercury, cleanup), but I’m not hearing these same people talk much about the new EISA-compliant incandescent bulbs that are currently available.
Blue Line Innovations, maker of the PowerCost Monitor for tracking home energy use, recently introduced a new partnership with the People Power Company which includes a new mobile app called People Power 1.0. Now, abandoned Hohm and PowerMeter users can switch over to People Power 1.0 for real-time electricity data, real-time pricing, budgeting, gaming, social interaction, and other information.
The EPA and Department of Energy today announced the “Most Efficient” initiative for products recognized as the most energy-efficient in their categories among those that have received the Energy Star label. The Most Efficient designation will attach to about the top 5% of products in these categories: clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator-freezers.
It’s baffling that the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”) has become such a hot-button topic. This week, members of the House are expected to debate and perhaps vote on repealing the provision, which is technically a technology-neutral law. It doesn’t mandate CFLs over incandescent lights, as suggested by some; it merely requires that certain lights be roughly 25% more efficient with about the same brightness and rated life.
Velux introduced the Lovegrove chandelier about a year ago, and, with a best of the best Red Dot 2010 award, the sunlight diffuser is getting more and more interest. Designed by Ross Lovegrove, the lamp works in conjunction with Velux sun tunnels. Lovegrove’s orb reflects natural sun light to the ceiling for room distribution and can be adjusted for intensity and angle. The product is supposed to be available starting this month; find and contact a Velux distributor for pricing and availability.