Energy Tips

6 Tips for Reducing Air Conditioning Energy Use in Summer

Verde Energy’s over time have more than 250,000 residential and business customers throughout New England and the Midwest enjoy fixed natural gas and electricity options from a company committed to supplying products, services, and customer reward programs centered on renewable, green energy. The company is equally dedicated to furthering the cause of public education on a full range of issues involving energy and the environment. While cold-weather energy needs are…

Thermostat, Home Energy

How can I make my house more energy efficient – programmable thermostat

You’ve probably heard that using a programmable thermostat to simply set certain temperatures can reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling by as much as 10%. But did you know there are other ways a programmable thermostat can improve a home’s energy efficiency?  Keep reading for little-known programmable thermostat tricks that can have a big impact on energy use.  Away/Vacation Mode Settings If you’re going to be away from home…

water heater

Make My Home More Energy Efficient: Water Heating

Making your home as energy efficient as possible requires looking at the house from various angles. You have to take different approaches depending on the way energy is being used.  Water heating is the perfect example. Energy is spent on the express purpose of heating the water up to the desired temperature. This requires a totally different approach compared to improving the energy efficiency of lighting or air conditioner use.…

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Which Energy is More Efficient Solar or Wind Energy?

As we move toward greener and cleaner energy sources, the question isn’t whether renewable resources will be adopted. The question now is which green energy source is the most efficient.  We’ve gone from relying on fossil fuels to having a selection of viable renewable energy sources in a very short period of time, and the industry is still innovating. Right now, solar energy and wind energy are the most widely…

Winter is coming

How to Winterize a House in a Day

Winter is coming, and we’re not talking about a plotline from Game of Thrones. As the heater begins to hum away, you may be concerned about your next utility bill. One of the best things you can do to keep the electricity and natural gas bills from getting too high is to winterize your home.  You may have heard this term before. Winterizing means that you are sealing your home…

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How to Check for Fireplace Safety

As the weather finally starts to cool off, your air conditioner will get a much-needed break. Instead of blasting cool air around the house, it’s time to start snuggling up next to a warm fireplace. While this is cozy and more cost-effective than turning up the heater, using the fireplace requires precaution. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) estimated that in 2014 alone there were 22,500 residential fires caused…

Pool Heaters

Which is Best: Natural Gas or Electric Pool Heaters?

As the fall season approaches, it becomes painfully clear that the lazy days floating in the pool are limited. Or are they?  A pool heater can turn your swimming pool into a year-round source of aquatic entertainment instead of a winter eyesore that requires extra maintenance with no benefit. If you’ve decided to invest in a pool heater, the real question is which type of pool heater you’re going to…

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Community Solar Programs: What You Need to Know

Are you considering a community solar program? Wondering what a community solar program is?  With a community solar program, you don’t need a solar panel system of your own. Think of community solar programs like a co-op with shared renewable resources. Instead of small solar panel systems at a number of properties, a large solar farm generates electricity for the entire group to share. It’s a fantastic option for most…

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How Many Watts Does a TV Use When Off?

How Many Watts Does a TV Use When It’s Off? Now that people are staying home during the pandemic, some devices and appliances are getting used a lot more than normal. The stats from streaming services confirm TVs are getting a lot of use as people hunker down at home instead of going out. As you sit in front of the television, you may be wondering how much the endless…