Next-Gen Smart Meters Have Arrived. Why That’s A Good Thing.

It’s been almost 20 years since the first smart electricity meters were deployed in the U.S. The introduction of these new power meters promised greater transparency, accuracy, and reliability around home...

One User’s Method For Getting The Most Out of Sense

During my 6 year journey using Sense, I have learned a lot from experimenting and from reading the stories of dozens of other users in the Sense Community. Through the process, I evolved a 5-step methodology...

Introducing Watt Check for Lights

One of the easiest ways to cut down on energy use is with LED light bulbs. LEDs use about 10% of the electricity of incandescent bulbs and last much longer, so making the upgrade is an easy choice. And many...

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How to Make Fireplaces Safer and More Efficient

Do you want chestnuts roasting on an open fire but not Jack Frost nipping at your nose? You can curl up with a book or a cup of hot chocolate with your significant others before a fire this holiday season, while making your fireplace safer and more...

The Complete Guide to Kitchen Energy Savers and Wasters

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is a good time to clean up your kitchen’s energy wasters – and it’s just in time for Black Friday deals that make new appliances more affordable. In this article, we evaluate kitchen gadgets and...

Don’t let your gadgets turn into energy vampires

When you turn off your TV or game system, is it really off? The answer is not really. Your consumer electronics are still using energy—wasting energy, really — and it can increase your utility bills. Do an experiment. Go into your bedroom or...

Should You Get Rid of Your Old Fridge?

When most appliances break down, you need to replace them right away, since it’s likely you have just one washer, dryer, stove or dishwasher. Refrigerators are different. Nearly a quarter of American homes have two or more fridges. Sometimes the...

Who Controls Your Thermostat?

People have been fighting over who controls the temperature at home since we lived in caves. Who controls the fire? Who gets to sleep comfortably next to its burning embers on cold nights? Now we call it thermostat wars. One family member likes to...

Eliminate the Gas Guzzlers in Your Yard

Picture this: it’s a beautiful Sunday morning. You’re on the porch, enjoying the sunlight shining while listening to the birds, when all of a sudden you hear your neighbor’s loud gas powered leaf blower whining in his front yard...

How Electrical Panels Work

The modern electrical panel is like a highway interchange for your house. It performs two important functions: it carries electricity to the outlets and fixtures in your home and it prevents overloads that could cause house fires.  The power to run...

Top 9 Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill

Even the smallest changes can make the biggest difference in your electricity bill. Say goodbye to high utility costs with these top nine energy saving tips. Start by tackling your heating and cooling costs. 1. Maintain and update HVAC...