Short-term energy efficiency opportunities

If you’re building a new home, it’s the perfect time to ensure that the structure, aspect and the appliances of your house tick all the boxes for energy efficiency. But if you’re remodeling or just interested in reducing your environmental footprint, there is a range of smaller scale and shorter-term ways to implement energy efficient practices into your home.

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Money Saving Tips for Winter

Winter can be a challenging time of year, particularly when it comes to finances. Not only do you have to worry about buying gifts and arranging festive celebrations, you also have to contend with bad weather, increased heating costs, and the difficulty of stocking up on food during a season when everyone in the world seems to be buying in enough supplies to stock a nuclear bunker for 40 years. 

The following money saving tips will help you to trim down your seasonal spending to more manageable levels:

Three Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

As summer turns to fall, you will begin to feel a chill in the air, leading you to start thinking about the even chillier air that is coming soon after that. Winter brings many delights to a lot of people, but one aspect of the season - paying your heating bill - is not one of those things. There are some very basic and simple ways to cut your heating bill that you may not think of.

Energy Consumption and Your Bottom Line

It’s no secret that Westerners consume the most energy worldwide. Whether we’re heating or cooling our homes, running a host of electronics, or keeping our lights on as we work late into the night, we draw electricity at an alarming rate. And while you may have gotten used to paying outrageously high utility bills (so that the sight of a three-figure charge doesn’t even phase you anymore), you probably wouldn’t be sorry to see a dip in your monthly payment.

Ambient Devices help reduce electricity and natural gas consumption- Part 2

We presented evidence on how color can convey information in Part 1 of our ambient devices article. We now will discuss how ambient devices are used in Utility Demand Response Programs and how you can use them if there's no program where you live.

Ambient Energy Orbs used in Demand Response Programs

Ambient Devices help reduce electricity and natural gas consumption- Part 1

Color conveys a great deal of information to us everyday. It can even provide enough information to tell us when it pays to conserve energy.

The newspaper accounts and rumors are all true. Some utilities will actually pay you to conserve electricity and natural gas. However, you have to enroll in their Demand Response and Advanced Metering programs. But what can you do if your utility doesn't have a program or is no longer accepting people?


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