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How Apple Became One of the Greenest Companies in America

There’s one thing you probably don’t know about Apple.  The information technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies of America list this year.  To put that in perspective, of the six...

Posted October 18, 2014    

Here's Why Your Utility Bills Soar in Winter

Ripping open a heating bill during the height of 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?  Alright,...

Posted October 4, 2014    

How Much Longer Until Solar Eliminates the Utilities?

If you’re thinking of packing up the kids and moving to Hawaii, you better consider this one drawback: energy is crazy expensive there!  A few months ago, Bloomberg covered a story about how a family living in a neighborhood on the...

Posted August 14, 2014    

DIY Friday: Five Ways to Cut Your Air Conditioning Costs

Do you hear something?  It’s like a muffled whooshing sound.Even if Uncle Lewis claims you couldn’t hear a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin plant, you’ll be able to hear the sound of your air conditioner sucking up all of...

Posted August 8, 2014    

Learn to Explain the Basics of the Power Grid

If someone asked you to explain how electricity gets from the power plant to your home, would you be able to answer?  Don’t worry.  Very few people actually understand the logistics of this modern-day luxury, but with a quick scan of the...

Posted August 1, 2014    

SDG&E Becomes First Utility to Test Drones

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s a…drone!San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) became the first utility in the country to gain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test-drive drones.  The utility has been...

Posted July 26, 2014    

Utilities Enter the 21st Century with Mobile Apps

Picture this: you’re in the kitchen assembling a tasty sandwich.  You pull out the turkey, unscrew the mayo jar, and start to slice the tomato.  Just as you begin to un-twist the bag of bread, your electricity goes out, leaving you utterly...

Posted July 17, 2014    

Oil Production: The U.S. is Looking at Saudi Arabia in the Rearview Mirror

As Americans, we naturally strive to become number one.  Our country has already dominated a handful of categories and achieved recognition for things like the most patents, the most Olympic medals, and of course, the highest cheese...

Posted July 9, 2014    

The World's Largest Garbage Dump is Not on Land

WE’RE LIVING IN A PLASTIC-WRAPPED WORLDWe all do it.  Between using plastic bags, drinking from plastic water bottles, or ripping the plastic packaging from a new gadget, we all use plastic in our daily lives.  Plastic is literally all...

Posted May 31, 2014    

DIY Friday: How to Read a Lighting Label

When trying to decipher the label on a box of light bulbs, you could become so frustrated your teeth start to grind and your eyes begin to protrude.  If you’re new to the lighting labels, they can be confusing, but fear not!  We’re here to...

Posted May 16, 2014    

The EPA Gives Us 25 Ways to Limit Climate Change

The earth is getting warmer.  There’s no doubt about that.  The average temperature of our planet rose 1.4°F over the last 100 years, and is expected to continue on that path over the next 100 years.  Some are even...

Posted April 19, 2014    

Tesla Shifts Gears to Enter Utility Industry

What do companies do once they’ve conquered their industry? Move to a different industry, of course.  After its launch in 2003, Tesla Motors quickly became a force to be reckoned with.  With the tremendous success of the Roadster and the...

Posted March 9, 2014