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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]

Regulators Approve Major Upgrades to California's Largest Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program

August 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Low-Income Energy Efficiency

The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households.[read more]

DIY Friday: Five Ways to Cut Your Air Conditioning Costs

August 8, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Do you hear something? It’s like a muffled whooshing sound. You should be able to hear the sound of your air conditioner sucking up all of your cash. The cost to run an air conditioning unit is getting expensive, and you may have even tried surviving with no cool air.[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]

Warm Weather Ways to Cut Energy, Water, and Fuel Costs

May 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Summer Energy Savings

With Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to begin thinking about ways to save energy and water this summer in order to produce real, measurable benefits for you and the planet -- as well as help take stress off the power grid and prevent blackouts.[read more]

How Much Did Nest Labs Save Utilities Last Summer?

May 24, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Nest and Energy Savings

Last spring, Nest unveiled its version of residential demand response known as Rush Hour Rewards. The offering was picked up by various big-name utilities. The results of that first year are in, and the programs are generally successful, but do not blow the competition out of the water.[read more]

Natural Gas Appliances Can Cut Home Heating Bills in Half and Reduce Emissions

May 10, 2014 by Christina Nyquist
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Natural Gas Savings

You could save anywhere from $300 to $1,262 per year on home heating costs and reduce your carbon footprint just by choosing a natural gas furnace, water heater or both. A piece of equipment with a higher annual fuel utilization efficiency rating provides greater savings for customers.[read more]

LED Lighting: Have You Made the Switch?

April 28, 2014 by Chris Riso

LED Lighting Switch

A recent trend has been the growing popularity of LED lighting. Each year, upgrades utilizing LED technology represent more and more of lighting retrofits. LED project proposals went from 16 percent of lighting upgrades fellows recommended in 2012 to nearly half of all lighting projects in 2013.[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]

Lowering Your Thermostat will Save More than Just Money

February 28, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

You’ve seen it all over websites, you’ve heard it on the news, and you’ve even read it in some magazines. Lowering your thermostat will save you money. Everybody knows that. But what if we told you there are more benefits than just a smaller utility bill? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)[read more]

Five Stunning Small Homes: Would You Live in One?

February 23, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Small Homes

Each summer my little family of four spends 10 days camping in a tent that is about 52 square feet. It is my favorite week of the year. Yet we live in a home that is roughly 1180 square feet. This begs a question: Would we be happier in a smaller home?[read more]