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Energy Quote of the Day: Cannabis Growing Uses 'A Staggering Amount of Electricity'

July 10, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Changing Drug Policy and Energy Usage

As states decriminalize marijuana use for personal consumption and several states move forward with medical use legislation, the subsequent explosion of indoor grow operations has gotten utilities’ attention. There is a concern the energy-intensive “indoor agriculture” could strain the grid.[read more]

Has Consumer Electronics Energy Use Finally Peaked?

June 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Consumer Electronics Association just issued its latest report on the amount of electricity used by consumer electronics and it’s finally begun to come down. However, the total is still enormous, equal to the output of more than 50 large power plants and costing consumers about $20 billion annually.[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]

Will That $25 Light Bulb Really Save You Money?

February 13, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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So you go to the store to replace a couple light bulbs that burnt out and you’re faced with an entire aisle of options: incandescents, LEDs, CFLs, halogens. Which one to buy? There are many factors that will influence your decision, but you’ll probably go for the one that will offer the best economic value.[read more]

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Energy Saving Light Bulbs

February 2, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Energy Saving Light Bulbs

If you spend ten minutes reading this post, then I promise you that by the end of it you’ll actually understand how to buy an efficient low energy light bulb. In return I’ll try not to bore you senseless. Ready? Let’s do this. With five simple questions.[read more]

The Polar Vortex Wreaks Havoc On Utility Bills

January 31, 2014 by Veronique Bugnion

Polar Vortex and Home Energy Cost

2014 brought the polar vortex to our vocabulary, and with the continuing bitter cold in the Eastern half of the US, most of us are wondering: what’s going to happen to our utility bills? The short answer is that it’s not going to be pleasant in the near term, and probably not in the longer term either.[read more]

Google and Nest: The Big Picture for Home Automation Competitors

January 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Google’s acquisition of smart thermostat (and smoke detector, and who knows what else) startup Nest Labs for $3.2 billion is sure to send waves through the VC community, where to date we’ve seen nothing quite this big in terms of a successful payback on a home automation investment.[read more]

Cold Snap Highlights Need for Updated Furnace Efficiency Standards

January 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Furnace Efficiency Standards

With the polar vortex bringing subzero temperatures to many parts of the US, many Americans are huddling inside. But not only are they suffering through the extreme cold, but many will be hit with higher heating bills as they pay the price of the energy used to keep their homes safe and warm.[read more]

How You Set Up Those Electronics Gifts Makes a Big Difference in Energy & Dollars

December 29, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Home Electronics Settings

It used to be the only energy issue of the year-end holidays was whether Santa Claus remembered to bring enough batteries for all the new toys. But today's gifts of phones, TVs, computers, and other electricity eaters can generate Santa-sized drains on household power all year long.[read more]

The Value of a Well Insulated House

November 29, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Home Insulation

The better insulated and air tight your home is the more comfort you get from each unit of heat. In fact homes can even be so well insulated and air tight that they only need the sun, bodies, appliances and some heat recovery to stay comfortable. These homes are called passive houses.[read more]

What Are the Sources of Home Heat Loss?

November 27, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Home Heat Loss

Because a house remains roughly the same temperature over the course of a year its heat gains are equal to its heat losses. We can thank the first law of thermodynamics for this. Heat gains come from heating systems, the sun’s warmth and internal gains from things like appliances and body heat.[read more]

What is the Average Heating Bill?

November 26, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson
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Home Fuel Bills

Heating bills vary greatly depending on house size, climate, insulation, fuel choice and fuel prices. But it is easy enough to find some averages. In the winter of 2012/13 the average American home using natural gas spent $598 on fuel over the heating period.[read more]

How Much Fuel Does Home Heating Use?

November 25, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Fuel and Home Heating

Do you know how much energy a home uses for heating? Most people have a rough idea of what they spend, but few understand how much energy they use. Although heating system efficiency also plays a role, the main drivers of energy use are climate, quality of insulation and house size.[read more]

7 Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bill

November 9, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
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Lowering Your Bills

A lot of people are looking to save money these days. No one knows what the future holds, and we all know that the world has been marred with economic troubles in the past decade or so. A major household expenditure for most of us is our electric bill.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Standards Could Save Up to $1000 on Energy Bills

October 29, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Home Energy Efficiency Savings

Improved energy efficiency could save American consumers approximately $1,000 annually, according to a new report. This is because our appliances and electronics use far more energy than they need, which leads to harmful air pollution and unnecessary expense for consumers.[read more]