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On Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat? Choose One of These

That's a great question, Bob, and a very popular one, in fact. Many smart thermostat users are hesitant because they are unsure of their privacy, and I don't blame them. I wouldn't want to unkowingly install a tracking device in my own home.

In my opinion, we can never be 100% sure that these companies will keep our information completely confidential...and safe. Although most companies pledge to take the highest security measures when handeling your information, there is always the possibility of being hacked. 

I found Nest's privacy statement. Feel free to peruse at your leisure.

https://nest.com/legal/privacy-statement/ 

December 16, 2014    View Comment    

On Here's Why Your Utility Bills Soar in Winter

That's a great system, Thomas! And it sounds beneficial to both parties.

PS - It is currently 48 degrees and rainy where I am.

October 6, 2014    View Comment    

On How Much Longer Until Solar Eliminates the Utilities?

That's a great breakdown! Thanks for sharing!

August 14, 2014    View Comment    

On DIY Friday: Five Ways to Cut Your Air Conditioning Costs

These are great ideas, Hops! Installing LEDs and using large fans to circulate cool air are super simple solutions we should all be doing.

Thanks for sharing!

August 11, 2014    View Comment    

On Learn to Explain the Basics of the Power Grid

Hi Bob – You’re correct in that all forms of energy have their hazards however, I do believe that solar is the safer option when compared to nuclear. You don't see many solar panels exploding or causing dangerous radiation to local residents.  I also agree with you that right now, we cannot exist on renewable energy alone. But if we want to exist for centuries to come, we had better find a way to make that possible.

 

Thanks for commenting!

August 1, 2014    View Comment    

On The World's Largest Garbage Dump is Not on Land

Robert- you're right. Our current recycling process could use a bit of a makeover. We could also use a new program that encourages more people to recycle. Maybe some sort of incentive program.

Edward- you make a great point. Converting our waste into something useful would certainly cut back on the amount of debris that ends up in our waterways. And I agree- more municipalities should be working toward becoming more like LA and its conversion process. But at least someone got the ball rolling...

Thanks for commenting!

June 2, 2014    View Comment    

On California's Nightmare Comes True ... There's No More Water

These are some great methods to limit water usage. I'm especially impressed with the concept of reducing the amount of water used to wash hands from 3 gallons to less than 1!

Thanks for sharing! 

February 17, 2014    View Comment    

On Energy Innovation: Massive Solar Downdraft Tower Proposed in Arizona

I do apologize, David.  I have linked to your article at the bottom.

April 1, 2013    View Comment    

On US Now Leads in Energy Waste

Forbes recently posted a similar article claiming the same thing- that the US wastes the most energy in the world.  Check it out!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2013/02/22/america-the-worldwide-leader-in-wasting-energy/

 

 

March 4, 2013    View Comment    

On Natural Gas on Track to Become Next Energy Giant

Thank you for your comments gentlemen.  I wrote this article to spark discussion and hear the views of others.  I am not claiming that natural gas WILL become our only source of energy, I simply pointed out that the use of this resource has been growing and with so many industries in favor of it, it seems as though natural gas will have a significant impact on our lives for years to come. 

No personal disrespect taken Ed, thanks for your concern.

March 1, 2013    View Comment    

On Shedding Light on the Types of Bulbs

Wow, great info Nathan.  Thanks for posting!

February 27, 2013    View Comment    

On Smart Cities: The Next Big Thing in Energy?

Great information!  I think we will definitely be seeing more smart cities in the upcoming years.

Thanks for commenting!

February 22, 2013    View Comment