Utility Demand-Response Programs: How they work, and how they save you money

Published on April 21, 2020

When most homeowners think about ways to start saving energy, they tend to first focus on upgrading their home, appliances and HVAC systems. This makes sense: cumulatively, these improvements can drastically cut down on your high utility bills. Yet, many homeowners are unaware of another highly effective way to conserve energy and save money: demand-response programs. Nationwide, many utility companies are now offering incentives to homeowners who help them reduce energy usage during times of peak demand. In this article, we’ll review how you can establish a baseline measurement of your home’s energy use, why you should enroll in a…

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Are Home Energy Audits Worth It?

Published on June 12, 2019

Like many homeowners, you’re probably looking for ways to lower your energy usage and save money … all while doing good for the planet. Switching out light bulbs to LEDs and installing energy-efficient windows usually do make an impact.  But an even better place to start in your strategic energy-saving efforts is with an energy audit. Are such audits worth the investment? What are Energy Audits? Before answering the question about whether energy audits are worth the cost, it’s helpful to understand what an energy audit is and what it entails. Traditionally, a trained professional auditor inspects your house room-by-room…

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Top Home Heating Errors That Increase Your Energy Bills

Published on January 10, 2018

During the winter months, heating usually accounts for roughly half of your energy bill. Modern home heating can be very expensive, but we often accept the costs to stay warm during the coldest nights. If you find your heating bill becoming outrageous, you might want to check if you’re utilizing your heating system efficiently. For all you know, you’re committing some home heating errors that are likely driving up your energy bills. Take a look at some of the possible home heating mistakes that you can correct to reduce energy consumption and lower your energy bill. No Programmable Thermostat There…

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Energy Monitoring Makes Microgrids Possible

Published on January 2, 2017

The Emerge microgrid at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is located at LVCC, Central Plaza and is set to operate independently with renewable energy, specifically solar, and illustrate the strong connection between solar, renewable energy and energy monitoring systems like CURB. Microgrids are self-contained power systems in small geographic areas that allow operators to localize electrical sources and loads. Utilizing energy monitoring systems like CURB within microgrids allows operators to manage energy usage in real time such that energy is used as efficiently as possible. Monitoring is essential because the success of microgrids is dependent upon finding the most optimal ways to…

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