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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]

Better Yellow Labels

October 29, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Labels and Energy Use

Information provision is a key element of energy-efficiency policy. Just think of the ubiquitous yellow EnergyGuide labels. This information is supposed to help consumers make better decisions. But current labels report only very coarse information based on national average energy prices and usage of the appliance.[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]

Historic Agreement to Slash Energy Use by Set-Top Boxes Will Save $1 Billion Annually

December 25, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Savings

Under a historic agreement announced recently, the electricity used by the more than 230 million set-top boxes installed in America’s homes by your cable, satellite, or telephone company will be slashed by 10 to 45 percent, depending on the model, and save consumers $1 billion annually.[read more]

Which Costs More: A Load of Laundry or a Cup of Coffee?

March 20, 2013 by Veronique Bugnion
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Electricity and water rates vary widely across the country, and the costs of doing laundry shake out differently depending on where you live.[read more]

How Much Energy Do YOU Use To Brew Coffee And Make Toast?

September 30, 2011 by Jim Pierobon
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Now before you reply ‘it’s not enough energy to care,’ consider this: Up until now there was no way to gauge how much electricity a small appliance uses over an average 5- year lifespan. Enter Savenia Labs of Bethesda, Maryland, just north of Washington, DC. Long overlooked because of their relatively modest energy consumption, toaster/...[read more]

Smart Appliances – Putting the Cart Before the Horse

January 10, 2011 by Christine Hertzog
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The recent spate of announcements about smart appliances at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) shows that we still have much to learn about the really important enhancements that matter for intelligent energy use. Enabling selected devices to be “grid-aware”, that is, capable of receiving price signals from utilities, has some value in...[read more]

Smarter Grids, Appliances, and Consumers

February 22, 2010 by Big Gav

Lester Brown has a post on smart grids at TreeHugger - Smarter Grids, Appliances, and Consumers. More and more utilities are beginning to realize that building large power plants just to handle peak daily and seasonal demand is a very costly way of managing an electricity system. Existing electricity grids are typically a patchwork of...[read more]

Privacy Questions about Personal Energy Consumption Data

February 1, 2010 by Christine Hertzog
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The standard electric meter provides data about how much electricity is used over a defined time-frame, but smart meters provide additional details about consumption.  Do you know which home appliances use the most electricity?   For the vast majority of Americans, the answer is no.  There’s a quote that I’ll reword:...[read more]

Can Apple make Home Energy Management sexy?

January 28, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Will Apple move into home energy management, and if they do, can they make it sexy and front-of-mind for everyone? I made this point in a reply to a post earlier on the IBM Global Eco Jam and I thought it could well do with being fleshed out to a full post here to see what others think. In case you were hiding under a rock yesterday,...[read more]

Home Energy Management Systems Support – It Is Not Sexy, But It Should Be

December 21, 2009 by Christine Hertzog
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Previous blogs discussed proper introduction of Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) solutions and In-Home Displays (IHDs) into residential consumer homes.   While these solutions hold great promise to help consumers save money and the environment through participation in energy conservation and energy efficiency programs, the...[read more]

Appliance sales to get ‘cash for clunkers’ boost? (2)

November 30, 2009 by Michael Giberson

In August we took note of stories indicating that appliance sales were going to get a “cash for clunkers”-like boost.  James Hamilton at Econbrowser offers updated discussion, links, and commentary: Here is the description of the program from the Energy Department (hat tip: King Banaian): In late 2009 or early 2010, you may be...[read more]

Whirlpool to sell 1 million smart dryers by 2011

September 30, 2009 by Big Gav

VentureBeat reports that whitegoods maker Whirlpool is getting into the "smart appliances" market - Whirlpool leaps into Smart Grid game with 1M smart dryers by 2011.Since the move toward a cleaner, more efficient electrical grid picked up speed last year, it’s been a land grab for goliaths like General Electric, IBM, Intel and Cisco...[read more]

Appliance sales to get ‘cash for clunkers’ boost?

August 26, 2009 by Michael Giberson

In the news, reports of a “cash for clunkers” program for major appliances: USA Today: Appliances get their own recycled clunkers programs; Business Week:  Latest in Stimulus: ‘Cash for Refrigerators’; Associated Press: Meltdown 101: Government cash for green appliances. From Business Week: Beginning late this fall, the program...[read more]

GE’s smart (and subsidized) appliances

July 27, 2009 by Marc Gunther

New smart appliances from GE will do great things. They will save energy, reduce greenhouse gases, curb  demand for power on the utility grid, generate “green jobs” in America and—oh, I almost forgot—clean your clothes, wash your dishes and keep your ice cream from melting. GE's smart best-in-class hybrid water heater They will also...[read more]