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Electric Vehicles: How Much Do You Know?

A longer form, fact-based guide for consumers to deepen the education and learning opportunity on electric vehicles. The guidebook is ultimately meant to explore and dispel common misconceptions while illustrating benefits and new opportunities with electric vehicles.

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Three Things You Might Not Know About Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles have been developing into a driving force in the automobile world for many years now as sales have grown exponentially since 2011 and show no signs of slowing down. However, despite the considerable increase in sales, many people are still uninformed on the reality of owning and operating an electric vehicle (EV) today.

With the many changes in technology and available models over the last several years, it’s worth taking a closer look at the state of EVs today. Here are three things that you might not know about electric vehicles:

1. Long di… >>

Six Ways to Start Saving Energy This Fall

From the cooler temperatures to the changing leaves and reemergence of pumpkin spice everything, it’s clear that fall is on the way.

With the cozier weather temporarily here before the cold of winter blows in, now is the perfect time to get a bit more energy efficient around your home.

Here are six simple ways that you can start saving energy this fall:

1. Combat the draft

Keeping your home warm during the brisk fall weather doesn’t have to come at a high price. Sealing leaks around doors and windows is simple and can make a huge differe… >>

A Guide to Residential Solar Energy

In recent years, improvements in solar technology have been tremendous, as have drops in solar power cost. Since 1977, the price of solar panels has dropped approximately 100 times over. Solar power is now cheaper than power from the grid for billions of people, and many consumers are turning to solar energy to save money. If you're one of them, check out this guide from Consumer Affairs to learn about the major brands, important considerations, different types of solar panels and more.

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The Evolving World of Energy: How We Use Energy

This SECC fact sheet covers new ways that consumers will manage and use energy in their daily lives, highlighting smart thermostats and smart appliances to innovations in smart cities technology and EV charging infrastructure. Download the fact sheet.

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Five Ways You Can Save on Energy This Summer (And Money, Too!)

Summer is quickly approaching, and the forecasts are predicting another season of record-setting heat.

With the scorching heat comes higher-than-usual monthly energy bills, but don’t despair: You can make a difference on your home’s energy usage this summer.

Here are five easy ways you can stay cool this summer while saving money:

1) Keep the sun out on hot days

When the sunlight comes beaming in through the windows, it can drastically heat up your home. This causes the air conditioning unit to work much harder to keep up with the warm a… >>

Dispelling Three Common Myths About Electric Vehicles

The future for automobiles is electric.

According to a new survey from the automotive club AAA, the “American appetite for electric vehicles is heating up”. The 2018 survey found that one-in-five Americans are likely to go electric for their next car purchase – up from 15 percent in 2017.

Automotive manufacturers have anticipated this growing consumer interest in electric vehicles (EVs). Many U.S. companies, including Ford and General Motors, hav… >>

Three Spring Cleaning Tips to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

With the weather warming up around the country, it’s time that many start thinking about their annual spring cleaning checklist. This year, as you're planning for ways to deep clean, organize or just generally improve your home, don't forget to add energy-related home improvements to that list.

There are a number of easy, low-cost things that you can do to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home, saving you money on each month's bill and contributing to an overall societal decrease in greenhouse gases.

Here are a few that might be worthy of making yo… >>

Virtual Power Plants: Coming to a Power Grid Near You

Elon Musk is in the news yet again for doing something that’s never been done before. Well, yes, he did send a cherry red Tesla blasting David Bowie out past the asteroid belt – but the Tesla CEO is also making noise – at least for energy nerds – with the announcement of his company’s next energy project in South Australia.

If you remember back to last summer, Musk boldly stated on Twitter that he could stabilize the shaky power grid in South Australia – and do it within 100 days or the project would be free of charge. At the time, South A… >>

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