Electric

Laundry

Electricity and water rates vary widely across the country, and the costs of doing laundry shake out differently depending on where you live. In this post, we survey big cities all over the country to find out where a load of wash is the least (and most) expensive…and where investing in an efficient washer gets you the most bang for your buck!

Renewable

We’re all used to seeing slogans about renewable energy, from product labels (“made in a facility powered by renewable energy!”) to electricity suppliers touting their green credentials (“we sell renewable power!”) – most of these have pictures of neat and tidy wind turbines or sleek photovoltaic arrays on a pretty green background. Clean, green, high-tech, modern: that’s what we tend to think of when we hear “renewable”…so it may come as a surprise that some of the renewable power out there comes from ...

Celebrate

Renewables are making headway in Europe and bringing a low-carbon electricity system to the forefront. Renewables were 69 percent of new capacity added in 2012 in Europe and 49 percent in the United States. Not surprisingly, this threatens utilities unwilling to let go of outmoded business models and fossil-fuel generation. Should old, long- and often still-subsidized oligopolies be bailed out or shielded from competition when they bet against innovation and lose?

Honeywell Smart Thermostat

Summer is around the corner, and heat waves are known to stretch the power grid to its limits. To avoid the risk of blackouts, grid operators like to have a contingent of electricity consumers that are willing to curtail their usage at the right time … for the right price. This is the motivation behind utility demand response programs. Last year, ClearlyEnergy began tracking these programs to see how much you could earn by making your air conditioner available to the utility on hot summer days.

Honeywell Smart Thermostat

Summer is around the corner, and heat waves are known to stretch the power grid to its limits. To avoid the risk of blackouts, grid operators like to have a contingent of electricity consumers that are willing to curtail their usage at the right time … for the right price. This is the motivation behind utility demand response programs. Last year, ClearlyEnergy began tracking these programs to see how much you could earn by making your air conditioner available to the utility on hot summer days.

Portland General Smart Grid Image

Wired magazine calls America’s power grid the largest machine ever built. Over the past few decades, this grid has been expanded throughout the country to ensure that even remote areas have electricity. Although this is an incredible accomplishment, the grid should also strive to keep pace with the latest technological advances, becoming not just the largest machine ever built, but also a more efficient and resilient one.

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.

Turkey

Ever wondered whether roasting, grilling, frying, or smoking uses the least energy to cook your Thanksgiving turkey? And is there a method that’s better for the planet? Read on for the detailed gobble gobble on each cooking method:

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.

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