This is a great article we wanted to share with our readers as it highlights some emerging technologies that will help improve energy efficiency in our current homes, in some cases, and especially our homes of the very near future.  Some of these technologies are available right now, and others seem to be right around the corner.

This is less than a 5 minute read.  Note that all of the green text in the original article link off to more in depth information.

Leave a comment and share what you think of these technologies and your feelings about them (good, bad, or indifferent).



Article written by Paul Lester, digital content specialist, Office of Public Affairs for the Department of Energy, took a look forward at some of the technology solutions that will be driving home energy efficiency in the future.

From heating and cooling to electronics and appliances, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. Our homes use 37 percent more energy today than they did in 1980. But without energy efficiency — through technology innovation and federal energy conservation standards— this number would be a lot higher. In fact, even though our total energy use has grown, our energy use per household is down about 10 percent, despite that our homes are larger and contain more devices.

Thanks to breakthroughs by our National Labs, industry and academia, equipment we use in our homes is more energy efficient than ever before, saving consumers money and slashing carbon pollution. Let’s take a look at a few technologies we can expect to see in the marketplace within the next few years that will make our homes even more sustainable.  READ THE REST