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GE’s Connected Home of the Future

GE unveiled a panoply of home technology at CES this week.  The company’s taking an aggressive approach with smart green products and may just capture the heart of Americans everywhere.  If GE’s vision comes true, here’s some of what will connect the home of the future:
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60 Homes Get Velux Solar Water Heating

On average, water heating is the second largest energy expenditure behind heating and cooling, according to information on the Energy Star website.  Folks spend anywhere from $400-$600 per year on water heating, so it’s a good area to scrutinize when trying to save energy at home.  In South Carolina, thanks to a grant from the state energy office, 60 homes received a shiny, new Velux solar water heating system to showcase the benefits of this technology.

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Egle LED Table Lamp from Artemide


Artemide recently introduced a refined-looking, energy-efficient table lamp called Egle, which has adjustable direct LED lighting and is available in polished white, black, or chrome finishes. Notice the concave base, a feature included in the lamp by designer Michel Boucquillon for two reasons. It can hold tiny objects and spreads light when the lamp is adjusted downward.

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An Insulated BIPV Roof from Metl-Span

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Earlier this year, Metl-Span introduced CFR Insul-Solar, which is a roof-integrated photovoltaic system that combines the company's CFR insulated standing seam roof panel with UNI-Solar thin film solar laminates.

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Five Easy Solar Options for the Home

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Perhaps you've seen one of a few micro-inverter-type solar products on the market and wondered whether you could install a solar system at home.  Unless you're an electrician, that may or may not be a good idea, but these products (some available now and others coming to market) make it a whole lot easier to get started generating solar energy at home.  Check these five:

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GE Nucleus: Home Energy Manager

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Earlier this summer, GE launched the first product in its Brillion suite of home energy management solutions, the Nucleus.  This is a data storage device that collects household electricity cost and use data and gives it to homeowners via computer and smart phones.  Nucleus is expected to be available for consumer purchase in early 2011 for the price of $149-199. 

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