More and more consumers are electrifying their lives as they look for ways to lower their carbon footprints, improve the energy efficiency of their homes and play their part in addressing climate change.
While the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) has received a lot of press in recent years, consumers are also considering technologies inside their homes, such as induction cooktops, electric water heaters and air-source heat pumps.
In this month’s blog, we look at three reasons to consider a heat pump for your HVAC system:
1. You can save m… >>
With its milder temperatures and lower humidity, autumn is a great time to make energy-efficient improvements and other energy-related changes around your home (as we noted in this recent blog post). However, some improvements, like upgrading your HVAC system or installing solar panels on your roof, can put some serious strain on your wallet – even if they end up paying for themselves in the long run.
In this month’s blog, we look at five steps you can take relatively little cost to you:
After one of the hottest summers on record, temperatures are now beginning to cool off in many parts of the country as we approach Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer.
A brief respite between the sweltering heat of the summer and frigid cold of the winter, autumn is an ideal time to make energy-efficient improvements and other energy-related changes around your home.
Let’s look at seven steps you can take to be a smarter energy consumer this fall:
1. Stop air leaks with weatherstrips, caulk and insulation.
If your home has… >>
Earth Day, the annual holiday promoting environmental awareness and action, is just around the corner. Celebrated globally since 1970, the day often sees commitments to environmentally friendly actions and policies from citizens, governments and corporations across the world.
While there are many routes you can take to be more eco-friendly this Earth Day, such as composting, recycling or planting trees, your household’s energy consumption is an area ripe with opportunities both big and small for lowering your overall carb… >>
There can be many benefits to setting up smart home devices around your home, including convenience, security and comfort.
In addition, many of these devices also make your home more energy efficient and can lead to savings on your monthly power bills. And, depending on your comfort with technology, many can be painlessly set up and will quickly begin reducing your home’s energy usage.
Let’s look at four … >>
With a new year just around the corner, many are beginning to think about personal goals that they hope to accomplish or behavioral changes they wish to make over the next 12 months.
If you have some energy-related goals in mind, such as improving your home’s energy efficiency or reducing your overall carbon footprint, now is the perfect time to start planning.
Let’s look at three resolutions you can make to be a smarter energy consumer in 2023:
1. Upgrade your home with Inflation Reduction Act incentives.
When the >>
There are many steps you can take today to lower your power bills, decarbonize your home and otherwise become a more informed, empowered energy consumer.
From getting a better grasp on the details of your bill to installing smart home devices, such as a smart thermostat or smart plugs, let’s look at some steps that you can take:
1. Understand what your power bill is telling you.
Regardless of the specifics of your personal energy goals, a good starting place for becoming an empowered consumer is understanding exactly what >>
Whether through a gas stove, a water heater, the car in your garage or the electricity coming from the power company, most American homes today still rely heavily on fossil fuels.
However, if you’ve considered taking steps to decrease the amount – or completely discontinue the use – of fossil fuels in your home, there has never been a better time.
The Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law earlier this month, provides many incent… >>
Summer’s just around the corner now, and according to projections, it’s expected to be a hot one – which means more electricity usage as people attempt to stay cool.
This increase could potentially mean problems for the power grid. In fact, grid regulators have already issued warnings that there may be difficultly meeting electricity demand during extreme heat waves this summer.
However, as an individual consumer, you can actually make a noticeable impact on the… >>
If you live in one of the 44 million U.S. households that’s rented, you might think that there’s not a lot you can do to reduce your home’s energy use or lower your carbon footprint.
However, while there are certain limitations for renters compared to homeowners (installing solar panels or purchasing high-efficiency appliances, for example), there are still many impactful actions that you can take to become a smarter energy consumer.
In this month’s blog, we’ll take a look at four actions that renters can take:
1. Ask yo… >>