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ENERGY STAR Scores Update: What You Need To Know

Energy Star Score UpdatesToday, you’ll likely notice a sudden slight or significant change to your 1-100 ENERGY STAR score. But don’t panic – scores will change across the board. That’s because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its performance metrics based on the most recent data available. (Photo from ENERGY STAR)

Why the ENERGY STAR Score Change?

On average, in Portfolio Manager, the scores – which are used to benchmark buildings’ energy performance – will drop. The change depends on a building’s energy use, fuel mix, business activity, property type and other factors. But the prominent shift is partly due to the fact that previous scores were based on data from 2003.

This data derives from the Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey, conducted every four years. The most recent data made available in 2016, which the EPA is now using for scores, is based on a 2012 survey.

“In between those two time periods, the Department of Energy had to take back its [2007] survey,” says Leslie Cook, national program manager with ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings at the EPA. “There were some issues with methodology. There’s been a bigger gap in our updates than we’ve previously experienced. That’s partly why they’re seeing a more pronounced change in the scores. It’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to update it.”

The average decrease in scores signifies an overall improvement in the energy performance of U.S. buildings. “Since our score is a comparison to the market, and the market’s more efficient, it’s leading to a shift,” Cook says.

Property types with affected scores include:

 

  • Bank branches
  • Courthouses
  • Financial offices
  • Hotels
  • Houses of worship
  • K-12 schools
  • Offices
  • Retail, including retail stores and wholesale clubs/supercenters
  • Supermarkets
  • Warehouses, including refrigerated, non-refrigerated and distribution centers

 

In the graph below, average score changes are broken down by building type. Schools, offices and retail will experience the largest drop in score, while hotels will experience on average a slight increase. “People are going to experience something in that range, but it’s not exactly that for every building,” Cook says. (Photo from ENERGY STAR)

Energy Star Updates

The EPA and ENERGY STAR recommended downloading and saving your current score before the change takes effect in case it’s needed for any kind of third-party certification, such as LEED.

ENERGY STAR will not be able to provide before-and-after reports in Portfolio Manager now that the change has occured.

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“Perhaps they’re taking part in upgrade projects and they want to document their current scores,” Cook says. “We update the metrics. So all periods of time that you have in your account – if the benchmark is, say, 2010 – all of those metrics and scores are going to be updated going back in time.”

What to Do After the Change

To help guide you through the update, ENERGY STAR recorded training webinars, all available online to watch at any time. You can also register now for free upcoming webinars on Wednesday, Aug. 29, and Wednesday, Sept. 5. Both will take place at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

“We want to help people understand what changed and why and how it’s a good thing,” Cook says. “It’s a better, more accurate picture of how your buildings are performing to others. We’re really hoping folks understand that our goal is to give you the best, most accurate comparison that we can provide.”

ENERGY STAR plans to switch gears not only to help you understand the changed scores – but to help you raise them. “We don’t want to just update the metrics and leave folks hanging,” Cook adds. A new slate of materials will be released to help you find savings and identify low-hanging fruit.

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“The idea is that it will help identify those buildings to revisit that maybe you thought were top performers but actually, now that we’ve updated the comparisons, there’s an understanding that there are opportunities [for adjustments].”

One new piece of material to help find savings will be what ENERGY STAR is calling “treasure hunts,” an audit process that can be done in a day. “We think that people will start to take another look at those buildings and hopefully realize that there are actually a lot more savings to be found,” Cook says.

Sustainability at the Forefront

In the 15 years since the ENERGY STAR performance metrics have been updated, the focus on sustainability has grown. Cook says that to be a Class-A office building in an urban setting, for example, it’s imperative to show some sort of commitment to sustainability.

“There’s been a growing focus on efficiency overall, both for energy cost savings and to reduce carbon footprint, compared to what was going on back in 2003,” she adds. “There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I think just in general it’s a different world, in terms of who’s paying attention to their energy bills.”

ENERGY STAR encourages users to keep up-to-date on its website to find announcements about webinars and cost-saving materials and to ask questions.

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This Power Strip Gives You Four Alexa Smart Plugs For The Price Of One

 

Seriously, why on Earth would you spend around $30 on a single Wi-Fi smart plug from a big-name brand when you can spend the same amount of money on the Conico Smart Surge Protector? It lets you control things you plug into the wall with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, just like all the other smart plugs out there. But with this Conico model, you can control four different devices instead of just one! That’s right, it has four three-prong power outlets and each one can be controlled individually using Alexa or Google Assistant, whichever you prefer. There are also 4 powered USB ports on there so you can charge your smartphone, tablet, eBook reader, or any other gadgets you might have.

Here’s everything else you need to know from the product page:

  • Compatible with Alexa: This Wi-Fi power strip can sync with the Alexa, can be voice control by echo, echo dot, and echo show,after connecting the Jinvoo Smart app successfully. You can voice control 4 smart AC plugs individually on Jinvoo app with Amazon Echo accessories.
  • Remote Wireless Control: Use the full control mode or control 4 smart sockets individually with your smart phone through Wi-Fi/3G/4G network no matter where you are, but the 4 USB port can only be controlled together.
  • Surge Protection: This power strip surge protector supports surge protection, effective absorption of the sudden high voltage, protect the connection equipment from damage.
  • Schedule on/off: Equipped with 4 smart plugs and 4 USB charging ports with 5ft long power cord, best idea for home office and professional workstations. With the Jinvoo App, you can create timer to schedule control this wireless multi outlets power bar. It will never be a dark home when you go home.
  • Easy to Operate: Just connect this usb power strip with your wall outlet, download the Jinvoo Smart app, add it into your account via 2.4G wifi network. When you turn it on/off on app, you would find that this smart extension cord is quick response, not time delay. Conico Smart Power Strip has been approved for safety and quality assurance (ETL and FCC certificate).

WiFi Smart Power Strip, Conico Smart Surge Protector with 4 USB Ports and 4 Smart AC Plugs for…: $30.99

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Electricity And Signal Testing Instruments Manufacturing Market: Growing Manufacturing Activities To Present Lucrative Opportunities

Albany, NY — (SBWIRE) — 07/09/2018 — Strong growth of electricity and signal testing instruments manufacturing market is expected to be witnessed against the back drop of growing construction and infrastructure activities and significant rise in the manufacturing industry, particularly in the emerging economies of the Asia Pacific. In addition to this, easy access to electricity in various developed and developing countries along with rising renewable energy projects are expected to emboss a positive impact on the growth of the electricity and signal testing instruments manufacturing market during the period of forecast. Several insights pertaining to demand of electricity and signal testing instruments manufacturing have been included in a new research report – “Electricity and Signal Testing Instruments Manufacturing Market: Global Forecasts to 2022” – included in the vast research repository of Market Research Hub (MRH).

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5 Best Smart Power Strips In 2018

 

Power strips can be found in almost every home. These are components that let you plug in two or more electrical or electronic peripherals by using just one primary port. These are also known as surge protectors in some implementations. These are essential for every home as they can cut down the amount of ports and plugs used in your home.

Best Smart Power Strips Maxcio Smart Power Strip, Maxcio WiFi Surge Protector with 4 AC outlets & 3 USB Ports Fast Charging, Multi Outlets Works with Alexa and Google Home, Wireless Remote Control, No Hub Required 29.99 Weton WiFi Smart Power Strip Socket with Alexa,Weton Multi-Plug Timer Switch Power Strip Outlet Surge Protector with 4 AC Outlets 4 USB Port Remote Control Via Free App for IOS/Android Smart Phone/Tablets 28.89 Amtake WiFi Smart Power Strip, Amtake Surge Protector Outlet with 4 Smart Plugs and 4 USB Charging Ports for Multi Outlet Socket Extension Cord, Voice Controlled by Amazon Alexa Echo Dot and Google Home 19.99 Iron-M Iron-m WiFi Smart Power Strip Surge Protector, 4-Outlet 4-USB with 5-Foot Cord, Remote Control via Smart Phone, Work with Alexa and Google Home Mini 19.99 ANEKEN Smart Power Strip Wifi Surge Protector Aneken Smart Home Switch with 4 Individually or Grouply Controlled Smart AC Outlets Remote Control Home Devices Timing Function Works with Alexa & Google Home 0.00

Did you know that there are smart power strips available in the marketplace? Well, these are like regular power strips but with Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to control their functionality with your smartphone or through a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. These add more utility to your home, especially if you’re into home automation and are already invested in Smart Home products.

So let’s have a look at some of the best smart power strips that are available for purchase.

5 Best Smart Power Strips Amtake

From the outside, this looks like just another ordinary power strip. But it comes with Wi-Fi on board, allowing you to turn it on or off using just your smartphone or voice assistant. This particular device works in tandem with the Tuya Smart app that can be downloaded from the Play Store. The power strip requires a secure 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection to work, making it compatible with most home Wi-Fi routers out there.

Thanks to the app, you can schedule the on/off timer to work as per your convenience. Another handy feature here is the ability to control it from practically anywhere, so you could be away from home and still be able to control it using your smartphone or tablet. It also comes with four full sized USB ports to let you charge your smartphone or other peripherals.

What’s even better is the fact that it only costs $19.99 on Amazon right now. If you’re a fan of automated home peripherals, a smart power strip like this is the first thing to buy right now.

Maxcio Smart Power Strip

This particular power strip is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant as well as IFTTT. The dedicated Smart Life application allows you to control key aspects of the power strip, making it ideal for use when you’re away from home. Given that it supports a number of automated services, you can even use the features of this smart power strip with your voice. It comes with a total of four outlets and users can control each outlet individually or together.

If you have appliances plugged into this smart power strip, the timer function can help you cut down on your utility bills significantly. Let’s say you have a washing machine plugged in and forgot to turn it off. Enabling the timer function will make sure the appliance is turned off, saving plenty of energy in the process. This power strip doesn’t require a smart hub appliance to work. All you need is the aforementioned Smart Life app from the Play Store and you’re good to go. There are three USB ports here, allowing you to charge your phone or tablet.

The power strip is made using UL-94-V0 materials, which makes it fireproof. This handy smart power strip is priced at $32.99 on Amazon right now.

Iron-m Smart Power Strip

This is pretty similar to the offerings we’ve talked about above, although it comes with a more refined design. Also, there are four full sized USB ports here, letting you charge up your phone, tablet or even smartwatch. Each USB port has a maximum power output of 12W, which is plenty for any device to charge.

As for the outlets, there are a total of four, which can all be controlled over an internet connection (2.4 GHz Wi-Fi) and your smartphone/tablet. Although the four outlets can be controlled individually, the USB ports can be turned on or off together, which is a minor inconvenience but not necessarily a dealbreaker.

Thanks to the intelligent smartphone app, you can schedule its running time to save big on energy costs. The idea behind automated and smart power strips is not only to offer control to the users, but also to save up on annual energy costs. Details on the smartphone/tablet app will be available in the user manual when you purchase the product. The manufacturer mentions that the app is compatible with Android 4.1 and higher, so you should be good as long as you have a phone or tablet that was launched in the last few years or so.

This is one of the inexpensive options at only $19.99. You can check it out on Amazon.

Weton

This particular smart power strip (unlike others on this list) has been certified to work with Amazon’s Echo devices and Alexa voice assistant. This means you can control the functionality of this power strip with a simple command to Alexa. Weton makes a myriad of products, including Wi-Fi enabled plugs, and this is yet another quality offering from the company.

In terms of functionality, however, it’s pretty much the same as the power strips we’ve mentioned above. While power outlets can be controlled individually, the four USB ports can be turned on or off together. This power strip doesn’t support 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks, so you will need to have a 2.4 GHz compatible Wi-Fi setup at home. This particular unit is slightly expensive at $29.59, but still cheaper than most smart power strips.

ANEKEN Smart Power Strip

Yet another product certified by Amazon to work with Alexa, the ANEKEN smart power strip comes with four individually controllable power outlets. There are no USB ports here, however, which is a bit of a letdown. But given that a product like this is used for automation and extended control, we don’t see this as much of a negative to be honest. You can schedule the functioning of this power strip, so it’s pretty similar to other offerings that we’ve talked about on this list. Amazon is currently offering this smart power strip for $29.99. This product is also compatible with Google Assistant.

Best Smart Power Strips Maxcio Smart Power Strip, Maxcio WiFi Surge Protector with 4 AC outlets & 3 USB Ports Fast Charging, Multi Outlets Works with Alexa and Google Home, Wireless Remote Control, No Hub Required 29.99 Weton WiFi Smart Power Strip Socket with Alexa,Weton Multi-Plug Timer Switch Power Strip Outlet Surge Protector with 4 AC Outlets 4 USB Port Remote Control Via Free App for IOS/Android Smart Phone/Tablets 28.89 Amtake WiFi Smart Power Strip, Amtake Surge Protector Outlet with 4 Smart Plugs and 4 USB Charging Ports for Multi Outlet Socket Extension Cord, Voice Controlled by Amazon Alexa Echo Dot and Google Home 19.99 Iron-M Iron-m WiFi Smart Power Strip Surge Protector, 4-Outlet 4-USB with 5-Foot Cord, Remote Control via Smart Phone, Work with Alexa and Google Home Mini 19.99 ANEKEN Smart Power Strip Wifi Surge Protector Aneken Smart Home Switch with 4 Individually or Grouply Controlled Smart AC Outlets Remote Control Home Devices Timing Function Works with Alexa & Google Home 0.00

 

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Smart windows could combine solar panels and TVs too

Smart windows could combine solar panels and TVs too

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Could this monitor and window be combined with a solar panel?
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Kerry Rippy, Colorado State University

Imagine standing in front of a wall of windows, surveying the view. You hear someone enter the room behind you. You turn. “Welcome,” you say. “Here is the video I wanted to show you.” At the press of a button, the view vanishes and the windows transform into a high-definition TV screen.

No, your friend isn’t James Bond, and you aren’t the next Q. Still, even as you watch the video, your window-TV is doing as much to help avert global catastrophe as any Bond-film gadget ever did. You see, it’s also a solar panel, constantly harvesting renewable energy from the sun. The problem of climate change is not a typical movie supervillain, but it’s a trickier problem than Goldfinger posed. Worse, humanity’s efforts to solve it with existing technologies aren’t working fast enough.

The heroes swooping in to the rescue could be a new technology called organic semiconductors, a new way to make materials that conduct electricity only under certain conditions. Most semiconductors in modern electronics are made of crystalline, rock-forming elements like silicon. Organic semiconductors, by contrast, are made primarily of carbon-based molecules. They take less energy to make than conventional semiconductors. A conventional photovoltaic cell, for instance, can take years to produce as much energy as was required to build it; an organic photovoltaic cell takes just months.

However, perhaps the most exciting thing about organic semiconductors is that it’s possible to design molecules that are flexible, lightweight, colored or completely transparent. In the lab I work in, we design and test new small molecules that have specific, targeted properties – like making a simple transparent pane into a window, screen and solar panel.

Each of these research samples is a small organic solar panel made from different molecules, with varying degrees of transparency to visible light.
Kerry Rippy

Capturing solar energy

Making a solar panel that’s also a window involves a bit of creativity: It has to be something that both absorbs light, to make electricity, and lets light through, to let people see in and out.

Our material takes advantage of the fact that a window only needs to transmit human-visible light; in my lab, we can make molecules that absorb only UV and infrared light, wavelengths of light our eyes don’t see. These are parts of the spectrum we don’t really want to pass through a window anyway. UV light gives you a sunburn. And infrared light is hot: Filtering it out can save on the energy use and expense of air conditioning. It’s true that our method doesn’t capture absolutely all the energy in sunlight, but that’s okay. The amount of solar energy that reaches Earth every hour is more than all humanity uses in a year.

Transparent organic solar panels don’t absorb the part of the solar spectrum that includes visible light; they only absorb UV and infrared light.
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Flipping the process around

Organic semiconductors are also useful for making monitors and displays. If you think about it, a screen is basically a solar panel run backwards. It generates light from an electric current. Both solar panels and display screens involve conversions between light and electricity. Just like we can design transparent organic semiconductors, we can design molecules that emit specific colors of light when an electric current is applied.

Put together one molecule that emits red, one molecule that emits blue, and one molecule that emits green, and you have an organic light-emitting diode. Those are the key to what are known in the TV and monitor marketplace as OLED screens.

Simplified diagrams of organic photovoltaic cells and organic light emitting diodes show how they operate very similarly, just in reverse.
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To make a smart window, we would need to deposit two layers of organic semiconductors – one layer to generate electricity from sunlight and another to emit light – onto a pan of a transparent conducting material, like indium tin oxide. These technologies exist, but are not yet available for sale.

Putting the pieces together

Half of this device is already commercially available: Energy-efficient high-resolution OLEDs are a big hit in the marketplace for home and office TVs.

Companies selling organic solar panels, and even organic solar panel windows, are just getting going. Ongoing research efforts, like mine, are aimed at optimizing the properties of these materials, increasing their efficiency, and making them more durable.

The ConversationAs we make the components better, we’ll also find ways to integrate organic-semiconductor solar cells and organic-semiconductor displays together. It may be a few years out yet, but there is certainly incentive to do so, with so many possible applications. An electric car with smart windows could collect enough solar energy to drive the car 10 to 15 miles a day, enough for a typical commute. Driving directions could appear on the windshield, too. Anywhere there’s a window – whether in a skyscraper or a mobile home – there could be a smart window, saving space, saving energy and letting the occupants feel like James Bond.

Kerry Rippy, Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry, Colorado State University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.