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Voluntary Agreement Continues to Reduce Energy Consumption of Television Set-Top Boxes

March 8, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Home Energy Use Reduction

About 85% of U.S. households have at least one set-top box (STB) for cable, satellite, or other telecommunication signals, according to 2013 data. In most cases, these STBs operate at almost full power whether they're actively being used or inactive.[read more]

What Snowmageddon 2015 Is Showing Boston About Building Efficiency

February 25, 2015 by Matt Conway

Boston and Building Efficiency

The Boston area is locked in one of the snowiest winters on record, and nearly every home, condominium and apartment building in the Northeast is adorned with icicles, which are hugely troubling from an environmental perspective. Ice on roofs speaks volumes about how easily heat is escaping from buildings.[read more]

Reducing the Cost of Energy Savings

February 18, 2015 by Matt Conway

Notable changes are on the horizon for realizing energy saving in buildings. Given the phenomenal pace of improvements in the manufacture of products like cars and computers it is hard to believe that advances have scarcely impacted the way that mechanical equipment is installed.[read more]

Energy Efficiency is a Tough Sell, Even When it is 'Free'!

January 14, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Energy Efficiency Adoption and Opinion

Home energy efficiency improvements are good for us. An insulation upgrade reduces energy costs, and reduces emissions. But ask me if I want to spend my Saturday researching the recommended R-value for insulation in my climate zone, and I will come up with a list of things that are more exhilarating.[read more]

5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

December 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the connected home, but the past year has shown this issue may actually have a lot more pull than some think. And it isn't just things like consumer devices that are moving the market along.[read more]

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]

What Is a Smart Home? Most People Don't Know

November 12, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

The Smart Home

 

Two-thirds of U.S. consumers with broadband are not very familiar with smart home services or products or where to buy them, according to a new survey. That will likely change quickly in coming years, but for now, it’s not just an open market, but also a nebulous one.[read more]

Halloween Energy Vampires Survival Guide 2014

October 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Preventing Home Energy Drain

There are energy vampires lurking in your home that are disguised as normal appliances and electronics. These bloodthirsty monsters have a voracious appetite for sucking energy out of your electrical outlets and money out of your wallet, even when they’re turned off or in sleep mode.[read more]

Here's Why Your Utility Bills Soar in Winter

October 4, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Energy Bills in Winter

 

Opening a heating bill during the holiday season is worse than unraveling a string of twinkle lights. Since when does it cost more to heat a 600-square-foot apartment than it does to feed a family of eight? That may be an exaggeration, but I’m sure that’s how most of us feel during the winter months.[read more]

Companies Turn to Technology to Engage Consumers in Smart Energy Management

October 4, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Engaging Customers and Energy Savings

Most of us in America would argue that affordable and reliable energy access is a basic life necessity, possibly even a basic human right. However, JD Power & Associates recently reported that only 3% of consumers are actually reviewing their energy usage more than once a month.[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]

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]