How worried are you about your utility bills? Are the rising costs getting you down? You’re not alone.
More people are worried about their utility bills rising than their rent. And if you own a business or have recently moved into a new office, you’re also feeling the pain.
With global climate change on the minds of the most powerful, energy efficiency is one of the leading industries in the United States. Startups are cropping up everywhere.
If you’re going to invest in a startup, energy startups will both make you money and make you feel good for helping in the fight against climate change. Here are some of the top startups developing energy-efficient technologies for enterprise and beyond.
1. Powered Portable Solar
Storage. This is the bottleneck for all solar technology. If you’ve merely placed solar panels on your roof and connected them to your home or office power, you will still be powerless when your electricity goes out.
Sure, if it’s a sunny day, you’ll have some power for part of the day. But a large portion of the 24 hours in a day happen in darkness. Your panels don’t generate energy then. Thus, you need a backup.
Most people just use the power grid as their backup. But the grid is not entirely secure or reliable.
PoweredPortableSolar.com have made it easy to store energy from solar panels. Not only this, but their generators are portable. If needing to move into the wilderness with a solar kit on your van, you can do so.
While Powered Portable is great for small business use, large enterprises need a massive solution. And the most interesting large industry solution out there is Stem.
Stem applies artificial intelligence to power storage and power sustainability for large businesses. They offer system controls for an entire building. This allows the AI to keep costs down while maintaining comfort for those inside the building.
Imagine pairing this technology with IoT sensors designed to detect human presence and temperature. This could be the most efficient system around.
3. Ice Energy
Solar isn’t the only energy cost-saving scheme on the market. What if you could combine solar with other energy generating technologies to make your home even more self-sufficient?
Ice Bear uses one of the most natural fuels at our disposal. Ice (or frozen water).
When your AC system is using little energy, typically at night, the Ice Bear “battery” builds ice on its coils with tap water. When needed, it can provide cool air for your home for up to 6 hours. During that time it shuts off your normal AC and only uses 5% of your normal energy usage.
Did you know that traditional skylights are not energy efficient? They’re constantly bringing heat into your home during the summer and leaking heat in the winter.
What if you could see the same amount of light flooding your house from above and see no impact on your utility bills? This is what SolaTube claims to do with its revolutionary skylight technology.
Solatube uses a low-profile system that includes a “Raybender” dome lens that redirects low-angle light and rejects the light that might heat the home. The light bounces through a tube and ejects into your home.
Verdigris is another artificial intelligence company. They build AI to help businesses save money on energy consumption.
Their technology relies on IoT energy meters that connect securely over wifi or 4G.
Ever wondered if you could get rid of your power company and just connect straight to the grid like they do in some parts of Mexico? Well, in Texas there’s a safe and official way of doing this (without risking electrocution).
Griddy offers wholesale electricity to certain Texas residents. They claim to cut out the middle-man and save you 30% on your power bill. Imagine how much you could do with that extra bit of income.
7. Onyx Glass
Solar panels used to be massive and ineffective. Jimmy Carter pushed to have these monsters installed on the White House and ended up losing money on his home investment because the 70s weren’t the best time to invest in Solar.
Fast forward fifty years and solar panels are small enough and light enough to coat your car if you needed. Solar roof panels that merely look like shinier versions of your typical tar shingle are available to buy right now.
How is this possible? Companies like Onyx Glass who put money into the R&D side of solar. They’ve come up with transparent photovoltaic glass for buildings. This means you can generate power through your windows. Imagine generating power with every external surface of your home.
8. We Power
Blockchain is changing how we use the internet and the devices connected to it. I must confess I don’t understand how, but I just know blockchain is a thing and it’s a cool thing.
WePower is using blockchain somehow to help small businesses connect to green energy. I would venture to guess that the blockchain allows you to be sure where the energy is coming from without power companies pulling the wool over your eyes. It does something to maintain transparency throughout the process.
Imagine a world where your windows automatically tint when the sun hits them. What if you could reduce the amount of sun coming through without having to think about it.
This is what View aims to do with its dynamic glass. It’s a smart technology that uses an electric current to somehow reduce light flow through glass.
It’s currently meant for large commercial buildings but don’t be surprised if this technology wends itself into your home someday.
The Future of Energy is Now
Your ability to be self-reliant and energy efficient is increasing by the year. Technology is making this possible.
It’s time to start investing in the future. You’ll make money and change the world.