Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Home Energy Management Systems

How the attack on the “Internet of Things” brought down Twitter and how you may have helped

Smart Home Security - The Internet of Things Hack

“The Internet of Things” (IoT) is a term coined in 1999 to describe the vast array of connected devices like refrigerators, blenders, cars, cameras, light bulbs, thermostats, pacemakers, and yes, even Barbie. 

Can A Smart Home Save Energy?

Can A Smart Home Save Energy?

This article first appeared on Efficiency Vermont's blog on October 26. 

 

My Time at National Grid’s Sustainability Hub: Impressions on Customer Experiences with Energy Efficiency & Demand Response

National Grid Sustainability Hub

While completing my Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University, I had the opportunity to work as a Smart Energy Ambassador at the National Grid Sustainability Hub (the Hub). Energy became my concentration in grad school; I look at it as the central point in environmental issues, as well as the solution. During my time at the Hub, I was able to interact with customers and help them engage with...

What’s the big deal with smart (energy) homes?

What's the big deal with smart (energy) homes?

Did you ever watch the Jetsons? What about Back to the Future 2 (where the “future” was 2015, by the way)? Maybe you entered the new millennium expecting, in no time, to live in a home with fingerprint key access, voice commands preparing dinner, and perhaps even a robotic friend greeting you at the end of a long day?

Reflecting on the History of Energy Efficiency, While Looking to the Future

It’s been 20 years since utility companies, policymakers and efficiency leaders got together to form what would become “the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships” (NEEP). In 2016, as we navigate a period of rapid change in the energy landscape, NEEP looks back on the maturation of efficiency and how far the nation, the region and the industry have come in embracing efficiency as a resource that can help enable the energy...

HEMS Can Enable Deep Savings, but Important Work Ahead for Programs & Policymakers

Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) include any hardware and/or software system that can monitor and provide feedback about a home’s energy usage, and/or enable advanced control of energy-using systems and devices in the home. Often marketed through comfort and security lenses, HEMS ultimately have the opportunity to help provide deeper energy savings and harness the energy components of today to have the smart home of...

As Advanced Metering Grows, SEE Action Describes Potential for New Energy Savings

AMI, advanced metering infrastructure, grid modernization, reforming the energy vision, REV, home energy management, home energy management systems, SEE Action, smart meters

Electric utility companies across the nation are working to modernize their infrastructure in ways that will reduce costs, improve customer service and reliability, and add a range of capabilities — some that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), including customer meters with two-way...

Game Changer: HEMS Are Crucial to Capturing Next Generation of Energy Savings

Home energy management systems (HEMS) are an invention of the internet age. They are a 21st-century by-product of the idea that when two-way communication between utilities and homeowners is paired with the proliferation of smart devices, the results are greater connectivity, control, and ultimately comprehensive energy savings.