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Living in the Age of Jetsons (minus flying cars)

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In the early 1960s, "The Jetsons" treated TV audiences to a cartoon future filled with jetpacks, flying cars, and helpful robot maids named Rosie... Swap Rosie for Alexa, and 50 years later we're edging closer and closer to realizing that colorful vision…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 28, 2016 at 8:45am — No Comments

Better Buildings Accelerators: Driving Uptake of Home Energy Information and Upgrade Programs Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program and Home Energy Information Accelerators work with partners across the nation and are making important progress in lowering the costs of energy upgrade programs, while improving overall program effectiveness and enhancing access to information on home energy performance for consumers. These efforts help…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 17, 2016 at 7:52am — No Comments

Energy bills up? There may be humans in your building

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As you read this blog post, what room are you in? How’s the lighting? How’s the temperature? Do you control their levels — or is someone else, somewhere else, running the show? 



About 40% of energy use in the U.S. is consumed in…

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Added by Lester Shen on June 3, 2015 at 7:04am — 6 Comments

High Efficiency Should Be a Drain: A Closer Look at Condensing Boilers

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The market share of condensing boilers, sometimes called high efficiency boilers, has increased dramatically over the last several years, thanks in part to utility programs that provide rebates. Unfortunately, many of these newly installed condensing boilers…

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Added by Lester Shen on October 29, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Leveraging Human-Building Interaction (HBI)

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Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.



-Archimedes

My colleague Jenny Edwards often describes the…

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Added by Lester Shen on August 8, 2013 at 8:34am — 9 Comments

The Process Approach of Human-Building Interaction (HBI)

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In the early nineties, I began developing interactive CD-ROMs to teach school age children about energy and environmental issues. We created games to teach these concepts. An essential step in our process was…

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Added by Lester Shen on June 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Behavior and Usability: At the Interface of Human-Building Interaction

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Of course, behaviorism works. So does torture. Give me…

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Added by Lester Shen on April 25, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Electric Generators: Disaster Preparedness or Preparing a Disaster?

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Some energy efficiency improvements can create safety concerns, so our…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 25, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Market Segmentation

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Today when you search Google or browse items on amazon.com,…

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Added by Lester Shen on February 25, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

A Greener Deal from Across the Pond

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From Sep 2010 to Apr 2011, CEE’s residential program staff had the…

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Added by Lester Shen on January 23, 2013 at 10:04am — 4 Comments

Secondhand Smoke Animations

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Added by Lester Shen on January 8, 2013 at 8:21am — No Comments

Combi System Animations

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Added by Lester Shen on December 3, 2012 at 9:30am — 25 Comments

Using Cell Phones to Create a Feedback Loop

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In previous posts, I’ve explained how to incorporate smart phones and apps into energy audits (here and …

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Added by Lester Shen on November 5, 2012 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Innovation and Design Thinking

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The business and technology worlds make much of innovation and how it will power the future. One process that has become popular as a means to foster innovation in companies is design thinking. Tim Brown, the CEO and president of …

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Added by Lester Shen on October 7, 2012 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

A Pattern Language for Residential Energy Efficiency

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"The overall name of these interrelated structures is system. The motorcycle is a system. A real system. ...There's so much talk about the system. And so little understanding. That's all a motorcycle is, a system of concepts…

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Added by Lester Shen on September 10, 2012 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

$250 for a Thermostat?!

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Last October, former Apple employees garnered a lot of media attention when they announced that they were designing the Nest: a smart and aesthetically pleasing thermostat. We …

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Added by Lester Shen on August 13, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Look Before You Leap: Being a Desk Jockey Can Help You Do an Energy Audit

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Typically, an energy auditor knows very little about the house she is visiting until she actually arrives at the house. In a previous i.e. post,…

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Added by Lester Shen on July 9, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

There's an App For That!

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Like many other energy audit programs, CEE has begun to integrate smart phones and tablets into home energy audits. These devices will soon be essential pieces of the home energy auditor's tool kit. Their advantages include data collection and…

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Added by Lester Shen on June 27, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

Understanding How to Interpret Your Energy Use

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 “Providing consumers with easy access to data on their energy consumption can help give them the tools they need to make informed decisions about their energy use. Developing applications and services to help consumers understand and control their energy…

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Added by Lester Shen on June 18, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Tracking the "Look" of Energy on Pinterest

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The current wealth of social media activity offers a great insight into how the public conversation is trending on energy topics. As of February 2012, Facebook has over …

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Added by Lester Shen on June 8, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

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