Energy Saving Tips

3 Rules of Thumb for Saving Energy at Home

If you’d like to save the most home energy with the least effort, and look really smart doing it, remember these 3 rules of...

Killing 6 ‘Energy’ Vampires with 1 Stone

“Vampire” devices use electricity even when they’re not “on.” So unplug them when not it in use. Or better yet, let one solution do...

Easiest Energy Savings

For most homes the single biggest energy expense is heating and cooling. It’s why your cooling bill skyrockets in the summer or your heating...

Here Come Heat Pumps

What is a heat pump, and why does it matter? A heat pump is like an air conditioner in reverse. An air conditioner cools some...

Go Green

Can I Buy Solar from My Utility?

If you would like solar panels on your rooftop, you generally cannot by them from your utility. Utilities are regulated monopolies. That means the state...

Community Solar–Simple or Not?

Community solar is a simple concept. Instead of putting solar panels on your rooftop, you buy them as part of a big array in...

Green Energy–The Color of Money

What is “green” energy, anyway? Energy has no color. The “green” implies that it is environmentally friendly energy from renewable and sustainable sources with little...

Can Wind Power Your Home?

Sort of. Windmills require straight and steady winds, so their blades usually need to be at least 100 feet off the ground. That’s quite high,...

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Disaggregated Metering — Say What?

S.A.T. words! Disaggregated metering is actually simple in concept. Your utility meter at home measures all the electricity you use. But it doesn’t tell you...

Smart Plugs — A Good Start

Smart plugs fit right into an existing electrical outlet and add a few simple features. The first is remote control. Most smart plugs talk to...

Not Your Grandfather’s Power Strip

Smart power strips are basically a combination of a power strip and a timer. They’re a good solution to reduce “vampire” load from devices that...

What’s So “Smart” About a Thermostat?

Heating and cooling account for almost half of most home energy usage. The most immediate and significant impact you can have on your home energy...

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