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…

How Rising Natural Gas Prices Affect Renewable Energy Plans

More and more households are making the switch to fixed renewable energy plans, and right now they’re glad they did. Fossil fuels are soaring in price across the board, but the rise in natural gas prices is likely to hit consumers the hardest.  Market Data analysts are already predicting that natural gas price increases will continue to climb this winter. The primary cause for the increase is a growing demand…

How Many Solar Panels You Need to Power Your House

  As the cost of solar equipment goes down, more people are seriously considering putting an installation up at home. But a solar panel installation isn’t cheap. It’s a serious investment, so it’s important to get the setup right. The only problem is, most people are completely new to solar energy so figuring out how things should be set up isn’t always clear. One of the biggest questions is how…

Benefits of Switching to a Solar Water Heater 

Your water heater is a major piece of equipment that’s used on a daily basis. It’s used so often, water heating accounts for roughly 18% of annual energy use. There are ways to use your water heater for maximum energy efficiency, but if you really want to cut energy use you may be considering a solar water heater.  There are actually a few different types of solar water heaters. Each…

Best Home EV Chargers for Every Situation

  Electric vehicles (EVs) have been in the news a lot lately. The projections are pretty promising for the EV market. While only 7% of U.S. drivers currently own an EV or hybrid, 39% of the remaining drivers are now seriously considering a switch to electric according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.  Electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming more common in general, but all-electric vehicles are experiencing the…

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How to Help the Planet on World Population Day

World Population Day is Sunday, July 11th this year. It’s a day that focuses on the fact that we are all one, interconnected population, and equality for all is something we all have to work towards together.  There’s another pressing need that is always in the spotlight on World Population Day. The world population has continued to grow at a slow pace, and the need to conserve resources and energy…

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How Did Renewable Energy Start?

Humans have always relied on the power of renewable energy. Thousands of years ago, people were using waterwheels—today we would call this “hydropower”—to harness the energy generated by flowing rivers and streams. A waterwheel works by means of a rotating shaft and paddles. The turning of this mechanism transforms the kinetic energy of moving water into mechanical or (today) electrical energy. The energy produced has, over millennia, helped us mill…

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How Do You Measure Your Carbon Footprint?

We hear a great deal today about the carbon footprint we, our homes, and our businesses generate. For many people, the term sounds a little abstract and removed from daily life, but it’s actually completely down-to-earth. Your carbon footprint is the total measure of the greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and other harmful gases released into the atmosphere) generated by your lifestyle choices. A carbon footprint measures not only the number…