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  • Whole House Energy Control – Smarter Switches

    When I was young (which was, like, EONS ago) my brother and I were the energy control devices. Mom and Dad were the energy controllers. Yeah... you know what I mean.

    "Turn off those doggone lights!" came the fervent instructions from the other room. "Do you think money grows on trees? You're running up the electric bill, you know."

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  • Whole House Energy Control – Even Smarter!

    I may be an old guy (hit 61 this year... I think), but I absolutely adore tech. I fired up my first computer in the 80s and love all things internet, Wi-Fi, and home-technology related.

    Just last year, I was in the supermarket buying bagels and cream cheese and wandered upon a display hawking those Google Home Minis. Cream cheese could wait...

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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • How Smart Sensors Are Revolutionizing Building Management

    When most people hear the term “Big Data,” they think of the IBM Watson supercomputer crunching billions of numbers in a lonely data center. But Big Data comes in small, distributed packages, too.

    For example, smart sensors installed in lighting luminaires make it possible to gather and analyze vast amounts of information to help make building management less costly and more efficient.

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  • LED Technology Gives Contractors Flexible Entry Points

    Think of LED lighting as the “gradual” revolution. Electrical contractors don’t have to go all-in overnight. They can enter the LED world in an unhurried way, based largely on available rebates and what their customers have in mind.

    Contractors can start one lamp at a time if they choose, replacing a fluorescent lamp with a T8 LED lamp.

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