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By Claire Miziolek | Mon, December 7, 2015
The term Market Transformation gets tossed around a fair amount in the energy efficiency sphere, but what does it actually mean? And how can it be fully achieved? Our friends over at NEEA, a fellow REEO and respected authority on the subject, devised a definition for the term with equal parts elegance and accuracy: “Market Transformation is the strategic process of intervening in a…
By Claire Miziolek | Mon, December 15, 2014
Residential lighting has been one of the longest standing measures in efficiency program portfolios. With such a long history, you may be surprised to hear that it’s a rapidly-evolving space with significant advancements, especially in the past several years. NEEP has been monitoring the efficiency opportunities in residential lighting through our Residential Lighting Initiative and our…
By Claire Miziolek | Wed, March 12, 2014
It’s 4:15 A.M. It’s dark and well below freezing in Boston as I sleepily make my way to Logan for a 7am flight.  I board the plane, lift-off, and in a few short hours I land in the overcast, gem of a city that is Austin, Texas.  As I exit the terminal, a smile takes over my face as the warm Texas air is such a welcome relief from the bitter cold of the Northeast.  I board the bus from the…
By Claire Miziolek | Tue, February 4, 2014
A big priority to emerge from NEEP’s Business and Consumer Electronics Strategy is capturing the significant energy efficiency gains from “smarter” energy use in the home. New all-in-one home energy management software is becoming increasingly available to those willing to change their energy consuming behaviors. So how do we change deeply entrenched behavioral patterns to align with more…
By Claire Miziolek | Wed, August 21, 2013
The Northeast Mid-Atlantic region is a leader in energy efficiency and has achieved substantial energy savings over the last several decades. Innovations in lighting, HVAC, and air sealing have meant homes continue to become more efficient. But why aren’t we seeing electricity bills shrink across the board? Well, there’s one category of home energy users, namely Business and Consumer…
By Claire Miziolek | Wed, May 1, 2013
Incandescent.  CLF.  LED.  By now, many of us are getting a grip on these technologies (and if not, visit some of NEEP’s resources).  But what about OLED?  Or Graphene?   Now these are new.  I recently spent 3 days at LightFair International (LFI) 2013, the “world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference” at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center…
By Claire Miziolek | Thu, March 28, 2013
The world of consumer electronics is vast and complex.  There are devices that we think about every day, such as our computers, televisions, or (for some) game consoles.  Then there are the electronics that we tend to forget, such as that cable box that’s always on, or the router providing password-protected wi-fi to our homes 24/7.  Or what about that desktop that’s been gathering dust at your…

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