Tuesday, April 17, 2012
If every household in the U.S. cut back on electricity use by a mere 1%, that alone would cut more than $1.6 billion off of Americans’ annual energy bills. That’s the same as taking more than 1.2 million homes off-the-grid all together.

- Brandi Colander, NRDC Attorney, Energy and Transportation Group.

Interested in monitoring your own energy use? Check out this new Facebook app: social.opower.com

(Source: nrdc.org)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Household Savings Calculator Save money, save the planet. Explore this house and see what savings you can realize when you make simple changes in your home and everyday activity.

Household Savings Calculator
Save money, save the planet. Explore this house and see what savings you can realize when you make simple changes in your home and everyday activity.

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Good News: A new efficiency standards for microwaves.Look around your kitchen. Chances are there’s more than one device telling you what time it is – your oven, microwave, perhaps a radio or a wall clock. What about the other rooms in your house? Every blinking light, display, or warm device in your home is using energy, even when you’re not there.
To combat this “vampire” energy use, Congress directed the Department of  Energy in 2007 to set standards for standby and off-mode energy use for  all products subject to national energy efficiency standards.  A just-released DOE proposed efficiency standard for microwaves shows the wisdom of eliminating standby energy waste and will provide large savings for consumers and the environment.  Read more.

Good News: A new efficiency standards for microwaves.
Look around your kitchen. Chances are there’s more than one device telling you what time it is – your oven, microwave, perhaps a radio or a wall clock. What about the other rooms in your house? Every blinking light, display, or warm device in your home is using energy, even when you’re not there.

To combat this “vampire” energy use, Congress directed the Department of Energy in 2007 to set standards for standby and off-mode energy use for all products subject to national energy efficiency standards.  A just-released DOE proposed efficiency standard for microwaves shows the wisdom of eliminating standby energy waste and will provide large savings for consumers and the environmentRead more.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
New energy-saving bulbs are coming — and they’ll save a lot of money. On January 1st, a new light bulb standard goes into effect that will gradually phase out inefficient incandescent bulbs. The  old 100W bulb as we used to know it will go away in 2012 and be  replaced by more efficient incandescent bulbs as well as other energy  saving bulbs such as CFLs and LEDs. The old 75W incandescents will be  phased out in 2013 and the 60 and 40W bulbs in 2014. Read more.

New energy-saving bulbs are coming — and they’ll save a lot of money. On January 1st, a new light bulb standard goes into effect that will gradually phase out inefficient incandescent bulbs. The old 100W bulb as we used to know it will go away in 2012 and be replaced by more efficient incandescent bulbs as well as other energy saving bulbs such as CFLs and LEDs. The old 75W incandescents will be phased out in 2013 and the 60 and 40W bulbs in 2014. Read more.

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Cable boxes waste a whopping $2 billion/yr and six power plants worth of electricity when consumers are NOT watching or recording a show. Cable Industry Owns Up to Energy Problem and Commits to Fixing It