Tweet of the Day 3/22/13
March 22, 2013

The Man Cave Cinema: A/V Quality do people care? #hometheater #avtweeps… — The Man Cave Cinema (@ManCaveCinema) March 22, 2013 How many people do you know who are true audiophiles? How many people care about quality, or environmentally-friendly electronics vs simply the best price?

Going Green
May 1, 2012

Over the past six months, I've been talking about different ways you can expand your business in the current economy. But there is no topic that I am more passionate about than green building. More importantly for your business, the general public is becoming passionate about the topic.

LEED Certification for ESCs
November 1, 2011

Electricity has been a standard feature in the American home for 80 years. It's almost hard to believe that it was once a sellable feature.

Should Energy Efficiency Be A Status Buy?
July 7, 2011

One of the biggest hurdles in selling consumers on energy efficiency is the economy. Many simply don’t have the money—or don’t feel they have the money—to invest in energy-efficient products or technologies, even if they would realize a return on that investment. So what’s the answer? As much as I’d prefer not to admit it, energy efficiency technologies like home energy management just aren’t ready for the mass market. Not quite yet, anyway. Survey after survey, study after study bears this out. Those most interested in energy efficient homes and buying

Put your DVR on an Energy Diet
June 27, 2011

The case of the energy-hogging set-top boxes and DVRs highlights the challenges of changing existing industry and consumer practices to boost energy efficiency.

The New York Times yesterday ran an in-depth look at the issues surrounding set-top boxes and DVRs, which have become the biggest energy consumer in many homes. The National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, published an analysis two weeks ago which found that set-top boxes consume more energy than the TVs they're connected to, and more than EnergyStar refrigerators.

Google Kills PowerMeter
June 24, 2011

PowerMeter has gone to the vet. Google said in a blog today that after tremendous successes in trials and great feedback from customers it is discontinuing the software/service for managing and monitoring home energy consumption. The service will formally die on September 16. Specifically, it said: "We first launched Google PowerMeter as a project to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to data surrounding their energy usage. Studies show that having simple access to such information helps consumers reduce their energy use by up to 15%;

How Smartphones Make Energy Efficiency Easier and More Fun
June 20, 2011

Are smart phones making it easier for consumers to integrate energy efficiency into their lives? I recently heard about a new app called Light Bulb Finder that will let you figure out how to replace your incandescent light bulbs with more efficient technology as well as how much money you will save in your electricity bills. It put me in mid of a recent revelation of how smartphones have also made plugging into an EV charging network a very different experience than in the 1990s.