Published in “2009”

A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep: Save Money in 2010 by Lowering Your Electricity Bill

So here we are on the cusp of 2010, the year of the Android OS battle with the iPhone, possible introduction of an Apple Tablet (rain or shine or Microsoft?) and a slew of other technological innovations that will have people chomping at the bit to get a piece of the gadget [...]

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How Smart is your Meter?

Coming soon to your neighborhood (if it hasn’t already arrived) – a new electricity meter, aka the “Smart Meter.”  Not that interested?  Well, you should be.  These meters are the beginning of a new infrastructure to provide you with the tools to be more efficien [...]

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Interested in Last-Minute Eco Gift Ideas or Holiday Eco Tips?

Then hop on over to Project Greenify for a quick rundown of Inhabitat's awesome Green Gift Guide. If you've missed the series of blogs offering eco friendly holiday tips, check out the two posts below: 12 Days of Christmas Conservation: Days 1-6 12 Days of Christma [...]

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Making a Bright Decision with LED Holiday Lights

I’ve seen LED Holiday lights in the stores more and more these days and wasn’t sure how they were any different than the standard strands of lights. What made LED lights so different? It turns out that light emitting diodes (LED's) are used in a variety of items that [...]

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Tips to Prevent a Christmas Tree Fire

With the purchase of a real Christmas tree, there is a certain amount of responsibility that comes with it, especially in regards to fire safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2007 there were approximately 250 home fires per year that st [...]

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Federal Stimulus Appliance Rebate Program for Texas

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced on Friday, Dec. 11, that Texas will use approximately $23 million in federal stimulus funds for a mail-in rebate program for consumers who purchase certain energy efficient household appliances.The trouble is, because there is only $23 [...]

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Blown Cellulose Insulation: Frustrations and Advice

I was looking for a new tool to cut circles in ductwork sheet metal when I stumbled onto Ourfixerupper.com.   It's the adventures of a couple working on their first home: a lovely Victorian Italianate in upstate New York.One of the sections they cover i [...]

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Know Your Texas Electricity: Areas in Texas That Can Choose Their Electricity Provider

Do you know whether you live in an area of Texas that can choose an electricity provider? If the answer is no, you're certainly not alone. Despite increased efforts by Texas Retail Electric Providers to educate Texas consumers on the benefits of deregulation and the powe [...]

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Solar Panel Opponents Might Be in Your Neighborhood

With the cost of solar panels dropping by 30% in Europe and China launching its first solar panel manufacturing plant in Arizona, it would seem the stage is just about set for solar energy to take off in the US.  After all, panels are made more cheaply, last longer (up to 3 [...]

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A New Holiday Plan + A New Low Intro Rate Plan = More Options for Texas Electricity Customers

Bounce Energy has recently launched 2 new plans available to residents in deregulated areas of Texas. With these new plans, Bounce continues to provide unique and innovative options to consumers. INTRODUCTORY RATE PLANThe first, an introductory rate plan, called Thrift [...]

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