Luxury homes are often a launching point for technology, such as home automation, security, lighting management, and entertainment systems, that could become commonplace throughout the residential market.
Nothing is sacred in the digital age. Innovation is the driving principle. The operating mindset is to strive for quality, speed and efficiency. Along those lines, it was only a matter of time before the Internet set its sights on the TV.
Electronic shading has been around since the 1980s, but for the most part, electrical contractors have shied away from installing it because it involves those perceived risks always attached to something “we’ve never done before.” But by avoiding this work, contractors continue to lose out on the c
The hallmark of the cellular revolution is the ability to do so many things on the go. Smartphones have given an entirely new meaning to being mobile. In this sense, being mobile doesn’t just mean checking bank accounts or sending an email from a phone.
Leading construction experts and economists are certain about one thing in construction right now: The future is mostly uncertain because consumers are scared, and too many Americans are unemployed. Economists see 2012 as a big question mark because of the risk of a double-dip recession.
Clean Power Finance, a provider of integrated services and financing solutions for the solar industry, and Google announced the creation of a new $75 million fund to finance residential solar projects.
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of good cheer. American culture has evolved to embrace the closing of each year as a celebration of the values we each hold dear. It's evident in the environments we create.
During the opening minutes of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” set in a dimly lit saloon, Butch teasingly warns Sundance that maybe he shouldn’t be getting into gunfights anymore. “We all keep getting older,” Butch said.
Baby boomers have never been satisfied with the status quo; they challenge everything in their paths, including retirement. While boomers can’t escape aging, it will be on their terms. Staying in their homes and maintaining their independence is a central goal.
Some of the most dramatic lighting performance gains can be achieved by adopting solid-state lighting in the home, where incandescent lighting has met its match with products that combine the efficiency of compact fluorescent and the quality of halogen.
The market for residential energy management will increase significantly over the next four years due to increased consumer demand and new government and industry initiatives. The number of U.S. households with a smart meter will grow to more than 6 million by 2012, according to Parks Associates.
You may have seen the impact of the residential bubble blowout on your local market, and if you’re like a lot of electricians who rely on residential projects, your business model has adjusted to accommodate shifts over the past two years.
On July 21, 2008, a group of selected residential electricity consumers in Washington, D.C., began testing advanced metering technology coupled with pricing options that could assist them in curbing their monthly bills by better controlling their power consumption.