Energy Efficiency

Energy Tips

It’s a new year, and that means new resolutions. Whether this is the first year you’re looking for ways to save energy or you want to lower your energy bills even more than last year, check out our eight strategies for saving energy. 

Elec Grid

For years, low-cost solar-plus-battery systems were seen as a distant possibility at best, a fringe technology not likely to be a threat to mainstream electricity delivery any time soon. By far, the limiting factor has been battery costs. But thanks to a confluence of factors playing out across the energy industry, the reality is that affordable battery storage is coming much sooner than most people realize. That approaching day of cheaper battery storage, when combined with solar PV, has the potential to fundamentally alter the electricity landscape.

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Homeowners in Australia and the United States take opposite approaches. Here are the pros and cons of each.

School

It is that time of year again when new sitcoms are advertised on TV and malls are packed with parents and kids getting ready for the upcoming school year…new clothes, school supplies and maybe a new laptop or refrigerator for that school dorm. In the spirit of prepping for back-to-school we’ve gathered a few money and energy saving tips for you.

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Back in January when Google announced it would spend $3.2 billion to purchase Nest, EDF knew this was a company to watch. The results of three new reports, released today, confirm that controllable thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat are both customer-friendly and useful for energy system planners. Moreover, the reports signal that smart devices, such as those Nest manufactures, have potential for generating marked savings for utility customers.

Summer

What happens to your household when you actually get paid to save electricity during the summer's hottest days?

2012

Well it looks like the Mayan apocalypse didn’t happen, or you wouldn’t be reading this blog post…But while the world is not ending, some opportunities to save money are: a lot of incentive programs for energy efficiency and power-saving appliances expire at the end of 2012, including some that you could still take advantage of!

Edison

This week on Energy.gov, they are revisiting the storied rivalry between two of history’s most important energy-related inventors and engineers: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

Fracking

From keeping the freezer door open while you pick your ice cream to leaving the lights on, let’s face it, we all have bad energy habits – ClearlyEnergy has field-tested the impact of seven of the most common ways we waste electricity, and discovered which ones matter to your wallet. Read on to find out what habits are worth trying to shake.

Solar Value

There’s finally some good news emerging out of the heated debate around net-metering. In California, a previously controversial bill, AB327, introduced earlier this year to reform residential electricity rates, was amended to turn earlier critics from the solar industry into supporters.

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