Archive for the “Energy Efficiency” Category


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The US Natural Gas Update for Fall 2014

[caption id="attachment_14736" align="alignright" width="480"] Natural Gas Storage as of 08/29/2014. Image courtesy of http://www.eia.gov/.[/caption] Last winter's whirling blob of arctic atmosphere, the Polar Vortex, paid several chilly winter visits to the United States [...]

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Nine Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly in College

Most students want to be environmentally responsible, but the trouble with being a college student is that classes, commuting, and studying eat up your time. More often than not, you find yourself relying on convenience rather that what's good for the environment. Wou [...]

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Announcing the Brilliant 24 Plan – Complete with a Honeywell Smart Thermostat!

[caption id="attachment_14624" align="alignleft" width="250"] Wifi 9000 Smart Thermostat[/caption] That headline speaks the truth: we have created a brand-new Texas electricity plan, one that combines fixed-rate energy with smart thermostat technology so that you can take [...]

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Five Games to Teach Your Kids Energy Efficiency (and Avoid the Summer Heat)

With kids home for the summer and the summer heat in full effect, now is a good time to find ways to teach kids about energy efficiency - for the present and the future.  While it would seem easier to train a monkey rather than teach kids about energy efficiency, there are [...]

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7 Tips for Energy Efficient Pool Maintenance

The average pool owner knows all-too-well the challenge of keeping their pools (and spas) clean. Many, however, are just beginning to learn how difficult and expensive that can be due to the amount of energy they're using.  The two biggest energy-using components effec [...]

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7 Tips for Eco-Friendly Pool Maintenance

Frolicking in a swimming pool in the summer can be great family fun. Cleaning and maintaining the pool? That usually isn't as much fun. Dirty pool water contains microorganisms and bacteria that can cause infections. While tossing in cupfuls of chemicals will clear the w [...]

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What Stops You from Completing those Tough Earth-Conscious Home Improvement Projects?

No one said saving the Earth would be easy. I was browsing through some articles on easy energy efficiency projects when I stumbled onto a few studies looking at why homeowners don't follow through with energy efficient upgrades. According the National Renewable Energy La [...]

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3 BIG Energy Efficiency Home Improvements to Make with Your Tax Return

According to CNN, the average IRS tax return is $3,034 —which is a significant chunk-o-change. In fact, three grand can cover half or even all of the three biggest energy efficiency home improvement projects in an average home: insulation and air sealing, energy efficient [...]

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Light Bulb Prices Burning Your Wallet? Comparing Halogen Bulbs to LEDs

No doubt you're already aware that LED bulbs use far less electricity compared with incandescent bulbs. That's because the old-school incandescent bulbs use electrical resistance to heat the filament until it glows. Consequently, about 90% of the energy an incandescent bulb [...]

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4 Tips to Save Energy at Home When You’re on Vacation

When making travel plans, you go through a series of checklists. Confirm airfare? Check. Confirm accommodations? Check. Pack for yourself, your spouse, and your kids? Check. Great - you're ready to head out the door - almost. People often forget about preparing their hous [...]

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