Smart meters help consumers avoid wasting money on energy efficiency

Analysis of a randomised-controlled trial on a sample of almost 2500 Irish households revealed one surprising result: compared to the control group, households provided with a smart meter, detailed feedback on usage, and time-of-use pricing reduced investment in energy efficiency projects. While this unexpected development appears treated by the researchers as an embarrassment to be overcome, the result should … More Smart meters help consumers avoid wasting money on energy efficiency

Power consumption reaches new peaks in Texas, ERCOT narrowly avoids rolling blackouts

Michael Giberson Much in the news in Texas these past few weeks have been new peak power records and several grid emergency conditions which saw the ERCOT power system narrowly avoid rolling blackout a time or two. Tom Fowler of the Houston Chronicle‘s Fuel Fix blog has been tracking the story closely, see selected links … More Power consumption reaches new peaks in Texas, ERCOT narrowly avoids rolling blackouts

Evaporative cooling: low tech method good for Facebook’s high tech facility

Michael Giberson Earlier in the week I discovered this Household Hacker video “Flower Pot Fridge” courtesy of a Energy Circle blog post with the appealing title, “How to cool your beer without electricity!” Simple! All you need is a pair of flower pots (one slightly smaller than the other), some sand, a damp towel, and … More Evaporative cooling: low tech method good for Facebook’s high tech facility