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In the market for fridge+baby monitor?

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This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was reportedly chock-a-block, as always, with the latest and greatest (??) gadgets and gizmos. We spend a lot of time in our zero net energy classes talking about the rising significance of these devices (a.k.a. plug loads) in otherwise-efficient homes. The notion of combining functionality is admirable, and for years I’ve been predicting the day that you could keep track of your fridge inventory (and place your shopping order) right on the fridge, but somehow the latest entry from Samsung — a combination refrigerator-baby monitor-Evernote device — doesn’t strike me as heading us down the path of a net reduction in home energy use. More in this hilariously snarky blog from Gizmodo (just too good not to share!).

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green building consultant; owner/founder, Design AVEnues LLC

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., LEED AP, is a leading green building consultant, speaker, teacher, and author. Her recent work and award-winning book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, focus on net-zero energy homes. Ann has taught for groups including AIA, USGBC, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. Ann’s consulting clients include major builders, software companies, design firms, developers, public agencies, utilities, investors, and homeowners. She has held key roles on numerous award-winning residential projects of all types.

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