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Posted By: Rick Barnett - Consultant, Green Builder
On: March 10, 2015
“Saving” is a popular marketing pitch that emerged with rising consumption: “save 50% when you buy 3”, “save time when you buy our gadget”, “save energy with our efficient furnace”, etc. These promises are made to motivate consumers to buy products. Money placed in a savings account is available for  more...
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Posted By: Katrina McMurrian - Executive Director, Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF)
On: February 25, 2015
The grid.  It might not sound that exciting, but look beneath the surface and you’ll find a dynamic system that is essential to our everyday lives and constantly developing and adapting to meet new needs.  As winter prompts Americans into turning up the heat, putting the value of electricity in  more...
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Posted By: Bruce Baccei - Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
On: February 4, 2015
The US Department of Energy (DOE) with data from AHRI informs us that 60% of commercial floor space in the US is heated and cooled by one speed roof top units (RTUs). This means that every time anyone of these RTUs comes on, a mild spring day or the full  more...
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Posted By: Bruce Baccei - Emerging Technologies Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
On: January 28, 2015
Conventional Air Conditioners (ACs) Lose Efficiency as Temperatures Rise As temperatures rise in the searing heat of July and August afternoons, above 90-95° F, ACs work harder and harder using more energy per unit of cooling provided because their efficiency goes DOWN as temperatures rise! To make matters worse, at  more...
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Posted By: Wayne M. Kovach - SEO Specialist, NRG Business – Demand Response
On: January 13, 2015
Owning a home is no easy task. Sure, you build equity, make it your own, and have some really memorable parties, but the investment of time and money can drain you both physically and mentally. If you couple that with raising a family and working full time, the last thing  more...
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Posted By: Shira Weintraub - Marketing Program Manager, Urjanet
On: January 2, 2015
Many residential consumers are currently unaware of one of the easiest ways to reduce their cost of living. Some spend hours researching different smartphone data plans and cable services to save only a few dollars a month. By understanding what utility tariffs are and which ones are available, residents can  more...
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Posted By: Sarah Battaglia - Copywriter, NRG Business
On: December 30, 2014
With so many smart thermostats on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you.  You want one that is going to be easy to install, simple to program, pleasing to look at, and probably most important, one that will save you money.  I’ve  more...
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Posted By: Jessica Kennedy - Energy Consultant, Energy Curtailment Specialists
On: December 24, 2014
Results of a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) presents a life cycle assessment (LCA) on an array of electricity generation sources, from fossil fuels to solar power.  The conclusions indicate that renewable energy is cheaper, less environmentally damaging, and has more potential for growth in  more...
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Posted By: Sarah Battaglia - Copywriter, NRG Business
On: November 28, 2014
There's one thing you probably don't know about Apple. The information technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek's Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered "greener" than Apple. You've got to  more...
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Posted By: Sarah Battaglia - Copywriter, NRG Business
On: November 14, 2014
To assist our readers who are looking to become experts at managing their facility's energy consumption, we turned to Hines Interests Limited Partnership, which has one particular technique that not only leads to lower energy bills, but also a personalized check in the mail. Located in the heart of Manhattan  more...
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