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How Much Energy Does This Appliance Use? – Your Phone Charger

Saving energy (and money) is always easier when you know how much you’re using. But because many of our smaller appliances draw little amounts of power, we often discount how their combined impact contributes to your home’s energy usage. With our "How Much Energy Does [...]

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What are Grid Batteries and How Can They Charge Up the Future?

Several factors facing the power industry drive the growth in grid battery development. With more renewable sources in the mix, grid batteries provide a flexible means of storing energy for later use. For example, West Texas wind turbines produce the most energy at night and [...]

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Step Into the Future with the 6 Top Home Thermostats of 2016

Back in 2013, we wrote a very well-received post about the best smart and programmable thermostats in the market. A lot has changed since then, so we decided to take a look at what's happened in the industry over the past three years. Strange as it sounds, home thermostat [...]

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Investigating the Status of the Coal Industry: the 2016 Winter-Spring Coal Update

Across the board, many market watchers and energy analysts are describing 2015-2016 as the beginning of the end for coal. Over 90% of coal mined in the US goes to power generation, but because of cheap natural gas, there’s less of it being burned and less of it being mined [...]

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Production, Weather, and Prices – the Winter 2016 Natural Gas Update

As more electric utilities burn natural gas to generate electricity, both the supply and price of natural gas have a direct effect on your monthly electric bill. The current huge El Niño is expected to peak in December 2015 with its strength diminishing to neutral by late [...]

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Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

We’re always looking for ways to help you figure out what’s happening on your electricity bill each month. You need to pay that bill to keep your lights on, but you want to understand all those charges before you pay them. We get it – we’re energy customers too – b [...]

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My Power is Out Because of This Storm! Who Do I Call?

No one wants to be without electricity in the home – especially when a bad storm like Hurricane Patricia brings wind and rain. If this happens to you, you should immediately contact your local utility company for assistance. Also known as the Transmission and Distribution [...]

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Nest Brings the 3rd Generation Thermostat to Market

Nest Brings the 3rd Generation Thermostat to Market

Did you know we offer a Nest Learning Thermostat at no cost (a $249 value) with our BE in Control 24 Plan? And did you know that just yesterday, Nest announced its 3rd generation Nest Thermostat? We’re pretty excited about the new updates to the Nest Thermostat and [...]

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Recapping the Updated 2015 Hurricane Predictions

Back on August 6, 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its updated prediction for this year's Atlantic hurricane season. Not surprisingly, it announced it was 90% sure this year would be another below-normal season. May's hurricane pre [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Since the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, electricity has been as indispensable a tool as fire. As a science and technology, it leap-frogged humans from the Industrial age to the Electronics Age to the Information age. As an industry, it has played both [...]

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