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Nov 7

Is Your Solar Smart?

Congratulation! You've got solar! But is it smart?

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Energy Management, Smart Home and Internet of things, Energy Monitoring

Oct 22

Going Beyond Smart Home to Intelligent Home Energy Management

You may not be aware that a home or business with a host of 'smart' devices may not have enough intelligence to manage them effectively! naak's energy cloud platform is that vital piece that transforms an environment from smart to intelligent.  

Here's a look at the difference.

Smart devices that aren't all that smart

When you consider the devices in your house it may be that more than just your phone is 'smart.' Your washing machine, HVAC unit, and fridge might also be smart. While the term ‘smart’ is largely applied to phones, it now means almost any device with a connection to the Internet that allows it to be managed from far away. 

Of course, this is incredibly convenient. You're able to remotely control almost any of the devices plugged into the wall. Forgot to turn the heat off? Use your app to switch it off. Want your house at the perfect temperature when you return from work? Get your AC running in advance and set the temperature from your phone.

This is the ‘smart home’ - a house with a number of smart devices, often orchestrated by an energy management platform.

So typically, people think of a smart home as the ability to have control over the devices in your house, in person and remotely. But in this case, smart does not mean 'intelligent.' 

Traditionally, ‘smart’ is defined as ‘able to solve problems easily.’ This description can't really be used to refer to an AC unit that can be turned off remotely. Although a group of smart devices in a home may nominally qualify as a ‘smart home,' when it comes to sheer brain power, it's pretty limited.

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Energy Management, Smart Home and Internet of things, Energy Monitoring

Jul 26

Familiar with Microgrids? Why You Should Add One to Your Wishlist

Imagine a neighborhood that is completely self-sufficient, all its members having their energy needs met through cooperation and sharing. Sound like a fantasy?

Well this scenario is actually real and the secret is called microgrids. It's becoming more common for communities to declare their independence from larger energy grids so they can have more control over pricing and achieve true independence and resilience on a local level.

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Solar and Batteries, Energy Monitoring, Microgrids

Jul 9

A Tale of Two Solar Salespeople: Facing Industry Disruption with the Latest Management Technology

David knows how to sell residential solar. He’s been a top producing salesman for over a decade. But nothing threw him for a loop like Time of Use Rates (TOU). He’s seen all the rapid changes and innovation the industry has encountered—more efficient panels, microinverters, and dropping hardware prices—and adjusted his sales methods accordingly. Now he’s worried that TOU will forever make selling solar a heavy lift and limit his ability to grow his business.

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Energy Management, Smart Home and Internet of things, Sustainability, Energy Monitoring

Jul 9

Tale of Two Solar Asset Managers: The Value of Consumption Monitoring

There is no question that a solar monitoring system is a critical piece in managing solar assets deployed across a large region. Many solar asset managers spend the majority of their time ensuring solar systems are reporting production and homeowners have the correct insight into their systems. In the last few years, there has been a significant shift to cellular metering which has helped reduce nuisance-trip system disconnects and homeowner dissatisfaction.

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Energy Management, Smart Home and Internet of things, Sustainability, Energy Monitoring

Nov 28

What is Time of Use and how is it putting the squeeze on your wallet?

You’ve changed the lightbulbs, the refrigerator, washed your clothes during what you think is off-peak hours, and still your electric bill is coming in on the higher side. This isn’t due to some kind of magical force that is sucking power out of your house like a vampire on a moonlit night, instead it’s due to the new rates that the power companies are using (which is just as terrifying).

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time of use, News

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