Category: Energy

The bio-thermostat override

5 October, 2012 (09:16) | air conditioners, Boston, Construction, Energy, Means testing, Property management, Public housing, Rental, tenants, utility allowances, Windows | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   The weakest part of an automobile, my father used to tell me, was the nut behind the wheel.  It thinks it has free will, he might have added, and even if it didn’t have free will, it can certainly make noise, as we discovered a few months back with this ain’t-it-a-scandal […]

Faster, smarter, cheaper: Part 2, what, me worry?

23 June, 2010 (13:53) | Apartments, Electricity, Energy, Green, Innovations, Metering, Rental, Technology, US News, Utilities |

By: David A. Smith    In yesterday’s post, we were introduced, via a Wall Street Journal article, to a coming attraction in residential property – homes and apartments – very smart meters that enable utilities to price energy (especially electricity) dynamically, charging you more at peak times, less when lower capacity is being used.   […]

Faster, smarter, cheaper: Part 1, why it’s better

22 June, 2010 (13:27) | Apartments, Electricity, Energy, Green, Innovations, Metering, Rental, Technology, US News, Utilities | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith    What’s the price of a hotel room?  Depends on when you want to stay.   Boldly staying where no one stayed before   What’s the price of a tomato or an ear of corn?  Depends on what month it is, and how the crop is doing.   What do they […]