The Origins of Earth Day – And Why It’s More Important Than Ever

  On April 22nd, as the beauty of Spring is in full bloom, the world takes a day to celebrate and support Earth. For over half a century, Earth Day has served as a time to reflect on the amazing biodiversity of our planet and our impact on the environment. It’s a time when we show gratitude for all that the Earth gives us and make an effort to give… ...

What is a Zero Energy Ready Home?

While most of us take steps to minimize energy use, some aim to eliminate energy use altogether – at least the use of nonrenewable energy. Zero energy ready homes are dwellings that are extremely energy efficient. So much so, they can be mostly or completely powered by a renewable energy system.  Many environmentalists would say the goal is for all homes to be built zero energy ready and for existing… ...

Gas or Electric Fireplaces: Which is More Energy Efficient?

Fireplace safety is important but so is energy use. If you’re thinking about adding a fireplace or replacing an existing one, you’ve probably wondered which type is the most efficient. In addition to traditional wood-burning fireplaces, there are electric and gas fireplaces. Due to convenience, many people today choose to go with either a gas fireplace or an electric fireplace. But which one is more energy efficient? Factors That Influence… ...

Top 5 Appliances in Order of Energy Consumption

Sure, the HVAC system is the biggest energy hog in a home, but what about the appliances?  There are a number of things that can affect how much energy an appliance uses. It can be a matter of needing a substantial energy supply to power the appliance, the amount of time the appliance is used and even how the appliance is used.  Luckily, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has been… ...

Lowering Energy Use as Natural Gas Prices Push Utility Costs Higher

In the fall we saw natural gas prices beginning to increase as pandemic conditions eased and the demand went up. It was worrisome given that chillier winter temperatures historically push demand even higher and production wasn’t back to pre-pandemic levels.  Fortunately, November was more mild than expected and the winter isn’t looking as bleak as predicted. Still, the forecasts do predict December and January will be much colder. When that… ...
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