Electric

Itscold

2014 brought the polar vortex to our vocabulary, and with the continuing bitter cold in the Eastern half of the US, most of us are wondering: what’s going to happen to my electric and gas bill?

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For several years now, the media story has been that fracking’s success increased the supply of natural gas dramatically, bringing down prices. Which in turn begs the question: why is my gas and electric bill skyrocketing and will it go down with the Spring thaw?

Freeelec

“Free nights and weekends” deals – those are for cell phones, right? Well increasingly they are also for electricity: since power tends to cost more at busy times, power companies are offering custom electricity rate plans that allow you to save big on your electricity bill. Here’s why, and how your washer and a little planning will help you save:

Batteries

Did you know? Solar-plus-storage has actually been around for decades. In fact, it was what kickstarted the solar industry in the early 1980s. A bunch of marijuana “farmers” in northern California who weren’t connected to the grid needed a way to get electric lights for their grow operations. A young hippie stumbled upon an ARCO solar panel at a consumer electronics show, and soon after founded AEE Solar and started powering off-grid homes with solar panels and car batteries, and his customers always paid in cash.

Earth

April 22 is Earth Day – a great time to do something green. If that “something” includes a move to renewable power, we’ve got you covered: In three clicks or less, ClearlyEnergy’s electric search function makes going green while saving green easy!

Pedal Power

In developed countries, the automobile often represents the most desirable attributes of effective transportation: flexible, fast, and effortless. But is it the right choice for increasingly dense urban environments?

Potato Chips

Have you been called by a telemarketer recently, offering your household electricity at a supposedly lower price? Though the person on the other line may seem pretty sketchy (and sometimes is), there’s something behind those calls – many of us can get a better deal on what we pay for electricity, and can choose among power providers like among brands of potato chips at the grocery store…Here’s the lowdown on what’s behind those calls, and on your electricity options ...

Tree

It’s finally warm outside – time to get out the old trowel and pruning gear for this spring’s landscaping…and the old checkbook for this summer’s air conditioning bills. We tend to get spoiled in April and May, where houses in most US climates need little heating or cooling and our electric bills are low. But when muggy summer months hit and our a/c causes the bill to rise again, we sit there wondering how we could save on cooling costs. Well it turns out one of the best ways to cut a/c use is something you can do with your trowel: plant a tree!

Pay4solar

In recent years, companies have made great strides in offering third-party financing to bring solar and energy efficiency to residential consumers with little or no money down. What if they paid you to put solar on your roof?

Securitization

At the end of November, SolarCity issued the first publicly known solar asset-backed securitization (ABS), selling $54 million of bundled cash payments. It was a major milestone that many in the distributed solar industry have eagerly awaited. SolarCity’s ABS was a big deal, but there’s more to do

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