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24 Jan

How businesses can cut their energy costs with carbonTRACK 

Sticking to your business budget is challenging, the costs quickly add up and at the end of the month/quarter, the last …

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07 Mar

What is machine learning and how does carbonTRACK deploy it in my home?

What is machine learning, and what role can it play in a home energy management system like carbonTRACK?

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23 Jun

Beyond energy management: How carbonTRACK helps businesses optimise their performance

Whether you run a corner store or manage a retail chain with thousands of shops nation-wide, carbonTRACK can help you do…

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15 Jun

carbonTRACK has received the Silver Award for Energy Efficiency in the 2017 Eco Logic Awards!

We're thrilled to have been the recipient of this award, and grateful that our work in energy is contributing to improvi…

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16 Mar

carbonTRACK awarded commercialisation grant to launch its latest smart product that creates smart electricity grids

carbonTRACK has recently been awarded a commercialisation grant to bring the new Smart Meter to the Australian and inter…

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03 Apr

When you should service your solar system – and how carbonTRACK can help

Rooftop solar PV systems don’t ordinarily require much servicing; once they’ve been installed, they will continue to ope…

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24 Feb

5 ways carbonTRACK helps you make the most of your solar batteries

With rooftop solar already commonplace, batteries are the next frontier in home energy. But as long as home battery pric…

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03 Apr

Time of use billing? 4 ways to save more money with carbonTRACK

Time of use (TOU) electricity billing is an arrangement in which homes pay more for grid electricity during times of day…

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03 Jan

carbonTRACK gearing up for the The Solar Show Africa 2017

The Solar Show Africa 2017 | 28 - 29 March 2017 | Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa hosted by Terrapinn. carb…

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24 Nov

How carbonTRACK Can Save Homeowners Time and Money

In the modern household, time and money go hand in hand. Electricity will always be consumed, so inefficient use can lea…

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28 Nov

carbonTRACK launches its LoRaWAN Platform

This year carbonTRACK is involved in the Massive Murray Paddle by helping to ensure that participants are kept safe b…

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02 May

How carbonTRACK, solar and batteries fit into your home

A look into how our CTO and founder Shavaj Kallamkote, combines carbonTRACK, solar and batteries in his home.

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27 May

How carbonTRACK can help your small business

Running a business can be a tough job, with expenses quickly stacking up.

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07 Dec

7 ways carbonTRACK can help NSW homes about to lose their solar bonus.

On the 31 December 2016, the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme end. Make the transition as painless as possible. carbonTRACK can he…

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31 Oct

Energy spot market trading with carbonTRACK: Buy low, sell high (effortlessly)

Energy spot market trading is the next frontier in the home energy revolution. About one in ten Australian households ha…

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01 Jun

carbonTRACK featured in Real Estate Gazette Series

carbonTRACK has been named one of the 'most promising and transformative technologies' in green business in a recent art…

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18 Jun

carbonTRACK announces Overshadow as its in country Sub- Saharan distributor

carbonTRACK has installed its smart hubs across South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Kenya.

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19 Jun

carbonTRACK highlighted in Choice

Leading consumer advocacy platform Choice takes a look at how carbonTRACK benefits its users.

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15 Nov

How many solar panels do I need for my home?

Household solar systems vary in their capacity and the number of solar panels that they use. So how many solar panels do…

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12 May

What’s a community microgrid? A quick guide

Community microgrids are a way for neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Increa…

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19 Jul

Why a connected home feels safer

One of the primary reasons consumers purchase smart home automation is to keep their families safe. Learn how connected …

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03 Aug

7 Cool Things You Can Do With the Internet of Things

The potential of the 'Internet of Things' is essentially limitless and will advance several industries in years to come.…

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08 Aug

The Future of Smart Homes Is Functional Feature Integration

Smart home technology is making strides in making it easier for homes to adapt and quickly realise the benefits of home …

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15 Feb

Solar self-consumption: Use it or lose it

Solar-self consumption: What is it? Why should you care about it? And how can you maximise it?

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20 Mar

Is green architecture the way of the future?

From skyscrapers in France to Italian hotels, a new eco-friendly trend is taking the architectural world by storm.

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08 Aug

The Challenges of Security for IoT and Home Automation

Security is on the mind, as smart homes and automated living are quickly becoming more of a reality for homeowners.

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02 Mar

What is PPA?

If you’ve got solar, or you’re thinking about getting it, you may have heard the term ‘PPA’ or ‘Power Purchase Agreement…

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08 Dec

50 Facts About Solar Energy

Wrap your brain around every fun fact under the sun (no pun intended) about solar.

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10 Jul

How to get your kids involved in saving energy

When it comes to setting sustainability habits, it’s important to start early. You’re never too young to learn about sav…

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11 Apr

What is a home energy management system?

Home energy management systems (HEMS) are gaining popularity as small-scale solar power and battery storage become more …

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23 Mar

Your Baby, Your Bill, and the Environment. What you can do.

In the spirit of preparation here are a few helpful tips you can put in place before the arrival of your baby, to save o…

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09 Mar

The pros and cons of going off the grid

Taking your home off the grid with solar power & battery storage has never been more affordable or alluring than it is t…

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09 Feb

5 Smart Appliances to consider for your next upgrade

Technology is developing at a rapid pace - you can only wonder what modern home smart appliances will look like in 5, 10…

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24 Jan

Our city sky scrapers could generate their own power in the future

The concept of transparent solar cells transforming glass-clad skyscrapers into solar farms and turn smartphone screens …

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23 Nov

Standby Power – stop the energy suckers in your home

There are vampires lurking in your home sucking your energy. Don’t believe me? Read and see.

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09 Dec

Demand Tariffs in Australia – How to tackle them

If you hear the words ‘Demand Tariffs’ and start scratching your head, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this article, w…

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31 Jan

How energy efficient are your appliances?

Appliances make up at least 30% of your electricity bill. Homeowners rely more on appliances than ever before which mean…

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02 Mar

A comparison of home energy management systems in Australia

Solar PV systems are already commonplace and affordable in Australia, and battery storage is getting there quickly as we…

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10 Feb

Solar export control: A quick guide

It is an unfortunate reality that local electricity grid operators may limit the amount of solar energy you are allowed …

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07 Apr

Schools should change... sometimes 13 year olds do know better!

Schools need to start using renewable energy because a lot of schools use fossil fuels which is obviously bad for the en…

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06 Jul

What to Consider When Buying a Home Battery

When looking for which type of batteries to buy, there are a couple of alternatives currently on the market. Each have t…

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13 Jul

Groundbreaking ‘Solar Paint’ can generate Hydrogen Energy

A new paint has been developed by the researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) that converts …

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15 Dec

Taking ‘smart home’ to the next level: Introducing intelligent home energy management

You may live in a 'smart home', but is it intelligent? We look at the difference between a smart home and an intelligent…

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15 Dec

Five things to look for in a home energy management system

There are five essential things every home energy management (EMS) system should come equipped with to be considered tru…

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16 Jan

6 tech breakthroughs from 2016 we love

Will 2017 be the year we fully embrace smart living? New devices are controlling our homes and life as we know it has ch…

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04 May

How to Stay Warm and Save Energy this Winter (8 tips)

We might not like it, but winter is well and truly on it's way. Here's how to start preparing for those colder months!

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29 Jul

96 per cent of Australians support Renewable Energy

More and more Aussies are embracing the necessary shift to renewable energy, according to a recent survey.

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01 Sep

How IoT is Changing Business Centres and Districts

The Internet of Things is allowing new levels of connectivity across businesses around the global.

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10 May

How competition is driving down prices in Solar Energy

An increased demand for renewables is having a direct impact on the market, with the cost of building PV and wind farm s…

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04 May

What is ZigBee? (Everything you need to know)

ZigBee lets wireless technologies communicate with each other. Appliances and devices that have ZigBee built in help peo…

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13 Dec

What can we learn from looking at electricity use on Christmas day

On Christmas Day in Australia, fewer people are at their paid employment and more working premises are closed than on an…

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03 Oct

Why now is the time to consider installing a Home Energy Management system?

Home energy management systems (HEMS) allow homeowners to record, measure and act on their billing in a ‘smart’ way.

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19 Dec

How to stay Cool, Calm and Collected this summer

It is so easy to turn on the air-conditioning, but it’s not until a month or so later that we really understand the cost…

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07 Nov

Quick Ways to Transform Your House to a Smart Home this Spring

The concept of a smart home is redefining how we live. Here are some quick and easy ways you can make your home smarter.…

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31 Oct

Smart Home Gadgets to Consider for 2018

Whether you’re just getting started or your a smart home expert, these smart appliances could soon make their way into y…

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23 Oct

How Smart Homes are becoming Interactive

As homes are getting smarter, so are the ways on how the home setup can interact, engage and look after the welfare of i…

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01 Jan

Managing demand can save two power stations' worth of energy at peak times

The forecast for future blackouts in Australia doesn’t look good if there’s no change in our energy demand and supply.

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30 Nov

Smart Grid Technology will benefit us all

There are many benefits to investing in Smart Grid technology, here are just a few.

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22 Mar

Is China a world leader in renewable energy?

China currently generates more than double the amount of renewable energy than the United States.

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18 May

How and why you should give up plastic bags

Maybe you’re not ready to break up with plastic altogether, but plastic bags are a great start to reducing the amount of…

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27 Sep

How smart is your solar?

Many people with solar don’t realise that they could be getting so much more out of their solar system – more savings on…

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28 Oct

10 awesome things you can do with a Smart Plug

The carbonTRACK Smart Plug is more than just a pretty wall accessory. Here are 10 of the many awesome things that you ca…

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17 Oct

How much of your Electricity Bill is for Hot Water?

Did you know that hot water is one of the biggest users of electricity in your home?

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29 Nov

3 Holiday Home Dilemmas and how to solve them

For those with holiday homes, this is the best time of year to make the most of them.

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16 Mar

How to have the most energy efficient laundry for your family

The laundry is an essential part of any households – it also happens to be an easy place to start when trying to go gree…

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08 Nov

Use more solar – or sell it back to the grid?

If you’ve got solar panels, you’ve probably wondered how to get the most savings out of them. To understand this, you mu…

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26 May

The Dangers of Standby Power

The typical Aussie home has about 30 devices that constantly draw standby power, accounting for around 10% of a home’s e…

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29 Nov

Top 10 Tips to reduce the cost of running your fridge & freezer

A fridge is the single biggest power consumer in many households, because nearly all households have at least one fridge…

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28 Sep

Energy Blindness and How to Solve It

You could be energy blind. Energy blindness occurs when someone has a limited or no understanding of their home energy p…

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11 Oct

Why should Australian schools look into renewable energy initiatives?

Renewable energy initiatives are becoming increasingly popular in schools across Australia.

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31 Jan

3 reasons businesses should invest in an energy management system

Small to medium-sized businesses should consider investing in an energy management system (EMS) to gain insight into the…

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04 Apr

How Voice Assisted Technology is Being Used

Voice assistant control is being welcomed into connected homes across the globe, as people are taking to purchasing voic…

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30 Mar

Why you’re not getting the most out of your solar

Sadly not everyone instantly reaps the rewards of renewable energy, as often there are teething problems with solar pane…

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24 Mar

10 of Our Favourite Green Ted Talks

Watching these TED talks will be sure to give you fresh ideas about sustainability and get you brain juices flowing.

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28 Feb

Your guide to smart door locks

A smart door lock can enhance your household's safety to the next level, opening up a new world of secure possibilities.…

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07 Feb

What to do in a Blackout

Power outages can happen at any time, and there are many different reasons why you might suddenly lose power.

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16 Feb

What is a solar inverter?

When people picture solar power, they typically envision large panels mounted onto the roof. But for a user to truly be …

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19 Jan

What is passive solar design?

Passive solar design optimises energy from the sun, and redistributes it throughout the building by careful planning of …

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21 Dec

How to save energy in the New Year

Need some ideas on resolutions to make your home or business more energy efficient?

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15 Dec

How These Local Councils are Leading the Way in Sustainability

Local councils are doing inspiring work across the country, driving sustainability causes through solar uptake, pollutio…

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04 Dec

Power factor – Watt even?

A low power factor can increase the costs of your bills. Let’s start with what power factor is.

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24 Nov

What is Energy Efficiency?

Energy efficiency is more than just a buzz word. It is both a science and discipline observed by countries, organisation…

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27 Oct

The National Energy Guarantee – What this means for energy bills

Learn what the National Energy Guarantee is and how it might affect your electricity bills.

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27 Sep

Batteries in your home – measuring and monitoring home battery systems

If you’re thinking of adding to your smart home with a battery system, you should definitely consider how you are going …

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06 Sep

How to Spring Clean your Energy Habits

With winter energy costs eating up a chunk of your household budget, spring brings the perfect opportunity to spring cle…

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28 Aug

Why one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to smart homes

Thinking about making your home a bit smarter? Here's why an agnostic approach is the best approach!

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26 Jul

How to take control over your rising electricity bill

Normally, it’s not until your electricity bill arrives that you know how much energy you’ve been using. carbonTRACK lets…

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21 Jul

How solar panels actually work

The sun releases tiny packets of energy called photons, which travel the 93 million miles from the sun to Earth in about…

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21 Jul

Where is the Internet of Things having the greatest impact?

Internet technology has advanced to a platform where industries have utilised it as their backbone for effective collabo…

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28 Jun

Renovating your home, the smart way

You’re upgrading your home; so why not go smart? Here’s some advice to make sure you make the most value out of your ren…

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07 Jun

Can I recycle that? Find out about those confusing items.

We love to be as eco-friendly as possible, and recycling is a big part of that. However sometimes it can be hard to know…

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05 Jun

What is the Internet of Things? And how are people actually using it?

While The Internet of Things (IoT) may seem like a relatively new phrase, the idea has been around in the tech world for…

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19 May

10 Ways To Automate Your Life

While the world of automation can seem like an overwhelming place, it's easy to simplify and make it work for you.

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04 May

Five Habits You Need To Start Living More Sustainably

You can help reduce your carbon footprint and potential negative environmental impact by making small alterations to liv…

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04 May

Six Tips For Minimalist Living

Minimalist living is not only great for your headspace, it's eco friendly too. By embracing minimalism, you’re avoiding …

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21 Apr

What is home automation?

Home automation is an integral component of any home energy management system. But what does it deliver?

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10 Apr

What is an energy audit?

A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can…

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07 Apr

The pitfalls of WiFi-based home energy management

As you shop around for a home energy management system, there are a number of reasons that you may want to avoid ones th…

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03 Apr

Sustainability in the Classroom – Creative ideas to go green!

Educating kids on sustainable living is a great way to do your part for the environment.

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23 Feb

10 Inspiring Eco-Friendly Homes

Are you always on the lookout for ideas to make your home a little more eco-friendly? Well inspiration is all around yo…

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13 Jan

Africa is building a wall that unites rather than divide people

The Great Green Wall is a major African-led initiative that will span 7,775 kms across the middle of the African contine…

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12 Jan

How to live with less waste

What change are you going to make this year? How about, live with less waste? When you aim to create less waste, you liv…

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22 Dec

7 things a new homeowner should do to save money

If you’re just bought a new home, perhaps for the first time, you’re probably on a pretty tight budget. Luckily, there a…

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07 Nov

When is the best time to get solar?

How do you know now’s the best time to go solar? Before making your decision, consider these 3 important facts about sol…

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11 May

Defining ZigBee: How to know if you have a ZigBee product

With more smart products to choose from, it can be hard to know how they all compare.

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