Category Archives: energy efficiency

It Takes Two: How to Maximize Your Energy Benefits Using Solar and EVs Together

Thinking about going solar or getting an electric vehicle (EV)? How about both? The price of solar has come down drastically over the past decade, and EVs are becoming cost-competitive with their combustion engine counterparts, especially when you factor in the cost of ongoing maintenance, like oil changes and fuel. When converting over to an… Read More »

Feast Your Eyes on These Energy Saving Tips for Your Holiday Cooking

As you prepare for a holiday season filled with food and family, don’t leave energy efficiency on the back burner! The kitchen is a hub of energy-hogging appliances. Whether you’re in the market for new kitchen appliances, or just need some best-practice tips for minimizing energy waste during the holidays, here are some tips for… Read More »

Not a Drop to Waste: How to Get Smart with Water and Energy Conservation

Drink. Flush. Clean. Spray. Wash. Think about all of the ways we use water. We use water to look good (wash our clothes, brush our teeth, take showers), feel good (drink water, go to the bathroom, water the vegetables and herbs we eat), and to make our homes look good (water our lawn and plants).… Read More »

3 Big Ways to Keep Cool and Save on Your Energy Bills this Summer

  School’s out for a long, hot, humid summer. But as you crank up your AC to beat the heat, there are myriad ways you can make sure your cooling bills don’t rise with the mercury. Before beginning your energy efficiency improvements, make sure to take stock of your home’s energy use with DIY energy… Read More »

The Best Energy Gadgets for an Efficient Holiday Season

This year for the gadget lovers on your list, try the gift that keeps giving year-round through lower utility bills and increased home comfort — energy efficiency. LED bulbs We’ll start with one of the lowest tech, but most energy-saving products, LED bulbs. LED bulbs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs and… Read More »

How Often Do I Really Need to Change My HVAC Filter?

Replacing the filter in your air conditioning and/or heating system is one of the best and easiest things you can do to keep it working effectively and efficiently. The filter keeps particles (some visible and some not) from getting into the fan and motor. A dirty filter will reduce airflow which causes the system to… Read More »

Water Conservation is Energy Conservation

Conserving our limited water supplies is always a good idea, but did you know there is also a direct connection between water and energy use? Delivering water and wastewater services is an energy-intensive effort, as the water is treated, pumped to our homes and businesses, then pumped to wastewater facilities to be treated again. The… Read More »

What You Need to Know if it’s Time to Replace Your Heat Pump

Replacing an old heat pump with a new Energy Star model can lower electric bills and increase household energy efficiency, but before you call the HVAC installer, prepare yourself with this important information. How do heat pumps work anyway? Most heat pumps include an outside unit and an inside unit, also known as the air… Read More »