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The Polar Vortex Wreaks Havoc On Utility Bills

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...

Posted January 31, 2014    

How Much Do Our Bad Energy Habits Cost Us?

We all have bad energy habits, from hanging out in front of the open freezer door letting all the cold out, to falling asleep in front of the TV, to the classic leaving the lights on all day when nobody’s in the house…but since appliances and...

Posted November 20, 2013    

My Summer Adventures in Demand Response

This summer, I was part of a pilot “real-time” residential demand response program. The program’s success is described in a recent article, but I thought it would be helpful to give it some personal color. Unlike a direct load control program where...

Posted September 17, 2013    

Water Waste: Your Shower's Dirty Little Secret

Showers are one of the top culprits for a high water bill: the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that showers account for more than 1.2 trillion gallons of water a year, which is about 17% of residential indoor water use and more than the...

Posted August 27, 2013    

Is Residential Demand Response Hot? Or Is It Just Hot Outside?

ClearlyEnergy surveyed the direct load control programs across the US. In exchange for allowing the power company to turn down or off a residential air conditioner during peak load times, these programs offer rebates and other financial incentives....

Posted July 18, 2013    

Are Solar Panels Worth the Cost?

At a recent event on renewable energy choices, a proud homeowner showed a picture of his gleaming new rooftop PV array, and pointed out that he’d chopped down all the trees on his lot to make sure nothing got in the way of his roof.I chuckled,...

Posted June 14, 2013    

Fracking and Your Electric Bill: How the Natural Gas ‘Boom’ Affects What You Pay?

We've all been hearing about the controversy over natural gas extraction from shale via hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - it creates jobs, it pollutes ground water, it's good for the environment because gas is cleaner than coal, it's bad for the...

Posted May 10, 2013    

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

Does a load of laundry cost you more than a cup of coffee? That’s not a question many can answer, yet depending on where you live the size of your household, laundry can be expensive … or not.As far as saving money on laundry, the decisive factor is...

Posted March 20, 2013