Energy Efficiency

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.

Watertest

In this sweaty summer heat, I find myself taking showers more often. But along with electricity, water is among the most costly utilities consumers pay for – and with inefficient shower heads that use more water than necessary, many of us are literally throwing money down the drain! Read on to find out how to test whether your old shower head is wasting you money.

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:

Lowerelec

This summer, do you want to get paid for the time you are not home? No, the summer swelter has not gone to your head, but it can save you money on your electricity bill - here’s how:

Solarroof

On this Independence Day, we at ClearlyEnergy are of course thinking of energy independence – not the national kind, with debates about fracking and oil prices – the consumer kind: independence from your electricity bill! In the heat of summer, solar power sure comes to mind as an abundant energy solution. Read on to find out if your roof and the sun can contribute to freedom from your utility.

Freezers

If you need to keep a lot of food frozen, you probably have a freezer separate from your kitchen refrigerator. At ClearlyEnergy, our increasing ice cream consumption this summer is making us think about getting one. If you’re like us and want to get the best deal, here are some facts you should know:

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!

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!

Fridge

Pop quiz: which is the one appliance in your house that is on all day every day? Fitting with the chilly temps of the season, we investigate how to save $$ on keeping things cold...

Now that temperatures in much of the US are as cold as the inside of a fridge (34-37 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.7 to 3.3 degrees Celsius), I’ve started wondering how much it costs to keep my food that cold year-round – my fridge isn’t the newest model out there, but would buying a new one really knock so much off my power bill that it’s worth the switch?

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!

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