Systems which allow people to measure their energy consumption in the home will be the top development during 2010, according to the Earth Advantage Institute (EAI).
The organisation said 2010 will be the year of the smart grid and connected home, which will feature web-based display panels that reveal how much energy is being used in real-time, so consumers can compare energy prices from different energy suppliers.
Energy labelling for homes and office buildings - similar to the miles-per-gallon sticker on cars - is also expected to gain momentum this year.
Experts believe that a publicly available score on a multiple listing service could make building-to-building and home-to-home comparison much easier and encourage consumers to improve their energy use.
The EAI also said eco-districts will become increasingly popular this year as general levels of environmental awareness grow.
More green communities will be created where residents can have access to eco-friendly services within a short distance and make use of clean low-carbon energy.
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