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…

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Should You Get a Home Energy Audit in 2021?

The concept of a home energy audit hasn’t been around long, but it’s definitely caught on. As demand for energy and concerns over the reliability of electricity grids have grown so has the prevalence of home energy audits. The idea is simple. A professional who is trained to identify energy waste and possible improvements will go through the entire home notating what they find. The auditor will then give you…

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Life-Saving Electricity Safety Tips

What You Should Know About Electricity Safety? Electricity is all around us all the time. It’s an invisible power source that both makes the world easier to live in and more dangerous. Oftentimes, we’re so used to electricity that we forget what a danger it can be, which is clear from the statistics. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that every year around 1,000 people die from electrical-related injuries.…

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When 100% Renewable Energy Doesn’t Mean Zero Carbon

Verde Energy serves residential and business customers with renewable energy, notably solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. Today’s heightened interest in renewable energy has led to greater research into its efficacy and value and a more nuanced discussion of its pros and cons. One distinction important to keep in mind: “Renewable” doesn’t always mean “sustainable” or “zero-carbon” by nature. Here’s what you should know. Defining “renewable” In precise terms, “renewable” means…

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What Is Clean Energy?

Simply expressed, “clean” energy is energy produced without the release of dangerous greenhouse gases–carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, methane, and the like–or other detriments to the environment. Most of the “clean” sources of energy we think of today are also renewable. These “renewables” include sources that are inexhaustible as we know them to exist in nature: wind, the sunlight that produces solar power, the strength of the earth’s tides, the water…