Solar Eclipse 2017: Welcome to the Dark Side

Published on August 20, 2017

The solar eclipse passing through the United States on August 21, 2017 (the first to span the country coast-to-coast in 99 years) will cause disruption.  It will impact traffic, your ability to have a clear, long conversation on your cell phone and — if you, like thousands of others, are planning on making the trip to see the eclipse in totality — your road trip bathroom schedule.  What’s more, vampires are expected to be seen briefly in the middle of the day, especially in the northwest region of the country. If you’re located in California, North Carolina or any other…

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Energy Monitoring Makes Microgrids Possible

Published on January 2, 2017

The Emerge microgrid at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is located at LVCC, Central Plaza and is set to operate independently with renewable energy, specifically solar, and illustrate the strong connection between solar, renewable energy and energy monitoring systems like CURB. Microgrids are self-contained power systems in small geographic areas that allow operators to localize electrical sources and loads. Utilizing energy monitoring systems like CURB within microgrids allows operators to manage energy usage in real time such that energy is used as efficiently as possible. Monitoring is essential because the success of microgrids is dependent upon finding the most optimal ways to…

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CURB New Year 2017 Lightning Discounts

Published on December 29, 2016

Just in time for your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions, CURB is excited to announce limited time offers for everyone interested in making their home smarter, safer and more energy efficient. A curb is installed inside an electrical breaker panel, measuring all the electrical usage and production in a home, building or solar array. Curb’s CURB provides detail on a circuit-by-circuit basis so you can see the cost of each appliance and room in your home. With CURB, not only is there real-time visual feedback on consumption and solar production, but mobile notifications alert customers to any abnormalities with appliances. To that end, we…

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11 Simple Ways to Save Energy in the Home

Published on December 28, 2016

Curb aims to help our customers change the way they relate to energy, and more specifically, the ways in which they use energy. Using a curb, like CURB, gives customers a window into the heart of their home, by creating opportunities to see where energy is being used and by which appliances. A big part of the work at CURB is empowering our customers to be more energy literate. Learning more about energy — where it comes from, how it’s used, calculated, and affects daily life — is energy literacy. Becoming energy literate helps you achieve lower energy bills, and ensures more…

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Small Data is the new Big Data

Published on December 9, 2016

Residential energy monitoring sits at the crossroads of big data and small data. In gathering the world’s richest census of in-home energy usage data, CURB is positioned with highly leverageable big data intelligence. At the same time, CURB is invested in generating the types of small data insights that can not only help individual consumers increase safety, save energy and save money, but also contribute valuable observations that change the way we all use energy. Big data is essential for many companies to inform business decisions, but small data is, increasingly, the better route to achieve smarter, more relevant solutions. It is the humanizing element…

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CURB’s Predictions for Solar ’17

Published on December 1, 2016

2016 was, by many estimates, the most successful year for solar. As the year comes to an end and a new administration is set to take office, we gathered a series of predictions about the solar industry for 2017. Solar, Renewables, Will Continue To Grow Solar is expected to grow 20 to 23% in the next year — down from as much as 71% reported in previous years, despite renewable energy tax credits that were extended until 2019. That said, both the private and public sectors have invested heavily in renewable energy, and these investments are unlikely to become completely obsolete during a…

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CURB Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials

Published on November 21, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, CURB is excited to announce limited time offers for everyone interested in making their home smarter, safer and more energy efficient. A curb is installed inside an electrical breaker panel, measuring all the electrical usage and production in a home, building or solar array. Curb’s CURB provides detail on a circuit-by-circuit basis so you can see the cost of each appliance and room in your home. With CURB, not only is there real-time visual feedback on consumption and solar production, but mobile notifications alert customers to any abnormalities with appliances. To that end, we wanted to offer…

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Designing for Our Energy Future

Published on November 17, 2016

At Curb, we believe the ways our society relates to energy are fundamentally broken. Most people wouldn’t tolerate a grocery store that doesn’t post prices on food for sale; and nobody would tolerate a grocer that sends a bill for a multiple of the expected amount months after the fact. But that’s exactly how we pay for energy. We designed CURB to help people understand exactly where their energy is going in real time, to support them in making material changes to save money. It turns out that the cleanest and cheapest energy is the energy that we don’t actually…

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Flexible Solar Sheets Transforming the World of Solar

Published on July 25, 2016

Innovation never sleeps, and the world of solar is getting a wakeup call. We all know solar panels are becoming cheaper each year, but now they are also getting thinner! Since the genesis of solar, panels and racking have been bulky and cumbersome. The new flexible solar sheets, developed by scientists in South Korea at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, will sit flush against any surface, making them low impact and more appealing to the eye. These flexible solar sheets are also portable and more versatile. Traditional panels are destined to remain on roofs and flat surfaces. These…

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CURB Shines at Intersolar Conference in San Francisco

Published on July 18, 2016

The most attended solar conference in America, Intersolar, took place last week, July 12-14, and Curb was fortunate to attend and showcase our hard work. Booth #8613 featured our representative banner and two large screens displaying our colorful and user-friendly dashboard. The conference was filled with smart minds and it showcased innovative technologies in the field of solar. There were drones to check solar panels, break-through battery and solar panel technology, and some of the fastest solar installs we’ve ever seen! The world of solar is becoming more efficient, innovative, and affordable. Our team had wonderful conservations with leading companies…

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5 Ways CURB Takes Solar Installers Beyond the Sun

Published on July 11, 2016

How do solar installers move from pitch to sale? For many companies, it’s a roll of the dice. How do they keep the customer interested in them instead of the other companies? CURB allows solar installers to distinguish themselves by selling more than just solar. CURB sells knowledge, independence, follow ups, and differentiation in a synonymous market. 1 – Differentiation in the Market Like it or not, solar installers are undifferentiated to consumers. Most companies offer the same equipment, so those who are able to stand out from the crowd will ultimately be more successful. If solar companies delivered more,…

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