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All About Energy

How to Buy Power For Your Texas Home

Will McGinnis Nov 17, 2016 7:30:00 PM
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With low housing costs, great job oportunities, and the sweetest tea in the country, it's no question why people are moving to Texas.

If you're one of them, you're probably excited about your new home, and less thrilled about the many expenses that come with it.

One of those expenses is energy. Fortunately, all it takes is a bit of research to get a great deal. 

You can choose between two basic plan types: month-to-month, and fixed. Read on to learn about the differences and discover which type of plan will work best for you.

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How Slaying Energy Vampires Can Save You Money

Caroline Haywood Oct 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM
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Are your electronics sucking the life out of your wallet?  If so, you may have energy vampires - devices that eat power when you're not using them. While the moniker may sound funny, these "idle loads" are no laughing matter.

 

Electricity-draining devices account for almost 20% of your energy bill. As a whole, appliances that pull down power while on standby cost Americans about $19 billion dollars a year. Not only are these vampires bad for your wallet, but they’re also bad for the environment.

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Are "Smart" Appliances Worth it?

Caroline Haywood Oct 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM
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In case you haven't heard, the future is now. While we may not have personal robots or automatic kitchens like the Jetsons, we do have “smart home” technology. With today's two-way electric meters and home energy management systems, we can control our appliances remotely. It's not just cool; it can also save you money.

 

Smart home technologymakes energy efficiency a no-brainer; it automatically shifts power draws to less expensive, off-peak hours. On the other hand, it comes with a hefty price tag. Do the pros of smart appliances outweigh the cons? Are they really worth it?

 

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How Trees Can Lower Your Energy Bills

Caroline Haywood Sep 1, 2016 7:30:00 AM
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From gardens to trees, the front yard gives a home character and makes it unique. But did you also know that you can put that landscaping to good use? By strategically planting trees on the side(s) of your house that gets the most sun, you can save money and help the environment.

 

Increasing the amount of  shade on your house by 50% can lower your electricity bill up to $20 per month. The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, an organization which focuses on the education and conservation of trees.

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Are you paying too much for your home electricity bill? (No, this isn't an ad)

Andrew Barth Jan 14, 2016 11:37:00 AM
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Electricity spend is one of the major living costs for families. The average electricity bill for a household was $1369.32 a year, according to the EIA's latest report. [1] The average residential electricity spend per person in 2012 was $750. [2] Since 2001, the energy prices have risen an average of 65% in the U.S. In Texas, prices increased by 49% and in Pennsylvania by 66%. [3]  

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