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Are Integrators Ready to be ‘Energy Automation Contractors’?

By Jason Knott · November 16, 2018 • Sonnen aims to create a new category of smart home integrators who unite solar, energy storage, vehicle charging stations, and intelligent circuit breakers with lighting, shades and thermostats.

LG Enters Home Energy Storage Business With Two New Systems

By CE Pro Editors · November 15, 2018 • LG Electronics' two energy storage systems use a 'smart energy management' function to store excess energy produced by solar panels for use at night or during power outages.

HTSA Presses On With Lighting, Energy Initiatives

By Jason Knott · October 25, 2018 • HTSA will soon have 55 members as ALA certified Lighting Specialists and specified nearly $1M in fixtures since program began.

Smart-Home Pros (No One Else) Can Own Emerging ‘Energy Automation’ Field: CEDIA Tech Talk

By Julie Jacobson · September 27, 2018 • CEDIA Expo 2018 Tech Talk: With expertise in multiple smart-home subsystems, home-tech pros can dominate emerging 'energy automation' category, encompassing home energy storage, smart-grid integration, renewable energy and home automation.

Sonnen ecoLinx Melds Solar Power, Battery Storage with Smart Home

By Jason Knott · September 5, 2018 • Sonnen debuts its ecoLinx energy management system at CEDIA Expo 2018, calling the category 'previously ignored and industry disrupting.'

CEDIA Find: Airthinx is First Pure-Play IAQ System to Target Smart-Home Channel

By Julie Jacobson · August 8, 2018 • Measuring nine environmental conditions, IoT-enabled Airthinx integrates with home automation to optimize indoor air quality (IAQ) for wellness, productivity and energy savings.

How Home Automation Can Provide a Good Night’s Sleep

By Jay Basen · July 26, 2018 • Tunable white lighting, temperature control, automated heating pads and smarter beds can improve wellness through better sleep.

First ZigBee 3.0 Thermostat Debuts from Lux ... and it’s Pretty Cool

By Julie Jacobson · May 23, 2018 • Lux Products' new KONOz, the first ZigBee 3.0-certified thermostat, allows adjustable and multiple geofences.

Sonnen’s Home Energy Storage System Yields RMR from ‘Virtual Power Plants’

By Jason Knott · April 11, 2018 • Sonnen EcoLinx home battery storage system is targeted solely at the custom integration channel, with RMR opportunity to create Virtual Power Plants for the smart power grid.

Leviton Wi-Fi Lighting Controls Now Integrate with Nest Devices, No Hub Required

By Andrew Nichols · March 26, 2018 • Via the My Leviton app, users can integrate Wi-Fi dimmers, switches, and plug-in adapters with Nest cameras, thermostats and smoke/CO detectors, without the need for a home-automation hub.

New Nest Temperature Sensors Coming Soon from the ‘Celebrity of Thermostats’

By Advertorial · March 16, 2018 • As a companion to Nest Thermostats, the new Nest Temperature Sensor can be installed in multiple rooms to regulate household temperature based on the needs of the occupants at any given time.

Hip-Hop Artist Urges Consumers to Hire a Nest Pro (in Rap), Shows Off Mansion

By Julie Jacobson · January 23, 2018 • Nest throws a nice bone to the smart-home installation community via hip-hop artist Rev Run, who gushes over his Nest Pro installer and tells Google Assistant - in rap - to change the temperature.

Trump Signs PASS Act Exempting Security Systems from DoE Energy Restrictions

By Jason Knott · November 15, 2017 • President Trump signed the Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act that exempts security systems from having to abide by DoE's 'no-load' energy restrictions.

Integrator Impressed by New Nest Thermostat E ROI, Design Elements

By Advertorial · October 25, 2017 • Southern California integrator raves about features, ROI elements of new $169 Nest Thermostat E.

Congress Aims to Exempt Security from No-Load Power Requirements

By Jason Knott · October 17, 2017 • Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act is moving through U.S. Congress to exempt no-load power energy use restrictions for security equipment.

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