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LEDs: A First in Super Bowl History

There’s more to the Super Bowl than face paint, air horns, and a mountain of bean dip.  (Oh, and beer. We cannot forget the beer.)  While the country tunes in to watch the big game Sunday night, the focus will be on the field, but when the...

Posted January 31, 2015    

Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

So you just installed a Nest Learning Thermostat, one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market.  You synced it with your smart phone and tablet, and now you’re ready to watch the savings roll in.  Not only can you...

Posted January 24, 2015    

Your BMW is the Answer to Grid Instability

Electric vehicles are being introduced with all the bells and whistles: impeccable safety features, back-up cameras, autopilot, and of course, remarkable efficiency.  But there is one additional feature that will not only impress your friends,...

Posted January 10, 2015    

Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat? Choose One of These

With so many smart thermostats on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you.  You want one that is going to be easy to install, simple to program, pleasing to look at, and probably most important, one that...

Posted December 13, 2014    

The Newest Demand Response Participant: Electric Vehicles

Demand response is catching on faster than pumpkin spice lattes!There are some new candidates who may be able to take part in the energy program that’s saving our electric grid from a total meltdown.  Automakers are working to develop a system...

Posted November 2, 2014    

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