Follow on Twitter

Friday, March 26, 2010

Looking for a New Refrigerator?

Don't forget to ask for your rebate from the utility

You're losing money if you don't check this website for rebates that utilities pay out if you replace your old refrigerator. My utility paid me $25 to junk my old unit. That was sweet!

What's more, my new unit is larger, and more efficient. So I am getting more for the same amount of money.

So check out the Energy Savers website ( to locate your utility and find out just how much you might be owed.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bright Lights of Tinsel Town to Go Out for One Hour

"Earth Hour" Takes Place March 27 8:30 PM Local

One effective way to lowering utility bills is to simply not turn on an appliance when it isn't needed.

What about turning off your lights for only 1 hour. How much would that save you?

Earth Hour was created to increase public awareness of the impact of energy use on climate change. One article I read indicated that the city of Las Vegas will participate -- go dark from 8:30 to 9:30 local time -- to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. According to the article, the energy saved will be equal to 65 megawatts of electricity.

What do you think? I Earth Hour worth the bother?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Chinese Legislators Want Increased Strategic Oil Reserves |

Chinese Legislators Want Increased Strategic Oil Reserves |

Seems the People's Republic of China is thinking strategically about its national energy needs.

Democrats and the Link to Conservative Ideas

I always wonder why it is the Democrats who are always preaching Energy Efficiency? It makes little sense -- since "to conserve" (i.e., to prevent rapid alteration or diminishment of either the status quo, cultural traditions, or wealth) is at the heart of "conservatism."

Natural resources are the foundation of a nation's wealth. This includes the raw materials that are used to generate electricity.

What I do find interesting is that few Republicans seem to discuss the strategic importance of energy conservation to our nation's security. Imagine the USA conducting World War II without rationing gasoline or recycling used motor oil. It just does not compute.

This comes to mind because we're about to switch to Daylight Savings Time (March 14) here in the USA. Daylight Savings Time was developed in World War I to conserve electricity for use in war manufacturing. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended Daylight Savings Time to the second week in March to the Second Week in November.
Is all this thinking about the strategic importance of conservation just left to the independents?

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The Energy Efficiency Money Pie
Have you gotten your fair share?

Last year, utilities spent more than $5 billion in energy conservation and efficiency programs for their customers.

Did you get some of that money? If not, why didn't you ask for it? You should have, because that money is a part of the rates you pay.

If you did not get your share of last year's pie, don't get disgusted -- more is on the way for this year. Just log onto your utility's website and start looking for a rebate or other benefit that will help you reduce the amount of electricity, gas or propane that you use -- as well as lower your energy bills.

Energy efficiency leads to lowering utility bills ... and saving you money.

P.S. -- Don't forget that you can start right now saving energy and lowering bills by completing a very simple do-it-yourself home energy analysis. There is absolutely no reason to wait to save money!

The complete website address for this easy analysis is as follows:

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Energy Efficiency's Pay Back

There's money in this for you!

Just picked up a note that McKinsey & Co. -- a well-regarded management consulting firm -- conducted an analysis that showed that improvements in US energy efficiency could save this country $1.2 trillion -- that's with a T not a B -- and that the cost of realizing that huge savings is less than $600 billion. Read more here.

That mean's we can double our investment, and we'd get to separate ourselves further from foreign interests that want to keep us enslaved to Saudi oil.

To start investing your energy efficient future now.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Managing Energy Costs, with Smart Appliances and Demand-Based Pricing

Here is a story about a pilot program to control costs by encouraging homeowners and renters to use their electric water heaters in the evening, when the demand (and cost to produce) energy is lower.