5 Ways to Conserve Energy While Using a Heater This Winter

There’s nothing quite as inviting as a warm cozy home on a cold winter’s day – until you get the utility bill. Then your heater will give you chills. As expected, the natural gas bill is much higher in the winter than it was in the fall.  For people in the northeast and midwest, heating is an absolute necessity in the winter. Without it homes would be damaged, and people’s…

Why is My Gas Bill So High?

For someone who has a fixed rate energy plan, monthly bills are a little more predictable. However, no two gas bills are exactly the same. If you’re reading this, then you probably had a higher gas bill recently and aren’t sure why.   There could be a few reasons why your gas bill is getting higher, so let’s explore what it could possibly be. Supply and Demand Issues That Increase…

Tesla Powerwall: Market Price and kWh Capacity

The Tesla Powerwall: Market Price, Power Output and kWh Capacity Many people know Tesla as an electric vehicle manufacturer, but Elon Musk has more tricks up his sleeve than EVs and space travel. Tesla has also created the Powerwall. The Tesla Powerwall is a solar power storage device and backup generator all in one. It’s formally known as a home battery. Home batteries are growing in demand as more people…

14 Sustainable Cities to Visit During Your Summer Vacation

  14 Sustainable Cities to Visit During Your Summer Vacation Are you worried about making a sizeable carbon footprint by taking a summer vacation? We’re here to tell you that you can travel guilt-free. Rent yourself an electric vehicle, find charging stations along the route and get ready to enjoy yourself at one of these sustainable summer vacation destinations. If you’re taking a vacation anywhere in the U.S. a sustainable…

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…