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Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat? Choose One of These

December 13, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Smart Thermostat Choices

With so many smart thermostats on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you. You want one that is going to be easy to install, simple to program, pleasing to look at, and probably most important, one that will save you money.[read more]

Energy Management Can Empower Everyone Regardless of Income Level

December 7, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Savings for All

The holidays are upon us. As we prepare to gather with our friends and family, eat too much, and lounge around watching football, many people use this time to reflect on what they are grateful for. Being able to pay one’s electricity bill probably doesn’t make most people’s list, but for many Americans, it might.[read more]

Good News: EPA Standards Could Lower Electricity Bills

September 17, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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EPA Standards and Home Energy Costs

It's frustrating to hear opponents of climate action once again use the threat of higher electricity rates as a scare tactic to try to stop the EPA's Clean Power Plan. We know it has many people concerned. The good news is we have more evidence than ever before to prove our opponents wrong.[read more]

This Graphic Illustrates the Energy Efficiency Problem Created By Split Incentives

August 6, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Split Incentives

When someone else is paying, doesn't it make you want to consume more? Perhaps you order that fancy dessert when your friend takes you out to dinner. It's easy to keep consuming when you don't have to pay the full cost. And that's exactly what people who don't have to pay their utility bills do as well.[read more]

As Summer Heats Up, New Room AC Standards Will Help Cut Cooling Costs

June 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Summer Cooling Costs

New energy-efficiency standards for room air conditioners went into effect June 1 – just in time to help save on summer AC bills. These standards will save Americans money this summer, and were set at levels agreed to jointly by efficiency advocates, manufacturers, and consumer groups.[read more]

Utility Not Required: EnergyHub Saves 6% on Summer Electricity Bills

June 1, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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EnergyHub and Home Energy Savings

Utilities are getting very excited about the current generation of smart thermostats that customers are buying from big-box stores and HVAC dealers. And a growing body of research has shown evidence that there’s a very good reason for the excitement.[read more]

Spring Energy Fix: Lower Your Bills with LED Light Bulbs

April 2, 2014 by Peter Lehner

LEDs and Lower Bills

Spring is here at last, bringing relief from a seemingly endless winter and the painfully high energy bills that went along with it. Not needing to turn on the heat is a surefire way to bring down your energy costs. Another simple fix you might want to try this spring is upgrading your light bulbs.[read more]

Cold Winters Bring High Energy Bills, and a Need for More Energy Efficient Homes

March 11, 2014 by Peter Lehner

We can reduce the sting of high winter energy bills by making our homes more energy efficient, and stay just as warm using far less energy. Energy efficiency improvements, such as sealing ducts, tuning up equipment, and installing better insulation, can slash home energy use by about a third.[read more]

Three Ways You Could be Getting Overcharged on Utility Bills

February 21, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

There are over 150 cost components to every utility bill, which means there are 150 opportunities for an error to pop-up on your statement. If you have ever had the feeling that your business was being overcharged, or you’ve found a figure that just doesn’t look right, you might be correct.[read more]