In recent years, technology has evolved in leaps and bounds and has virtually transformed our daily lives. From the advent of the smartphone to the expansion of the internet, we truly live in a digital society today.
But did you know that this technological progress also has major implications for how we get, use and pay for energy? Earlier this year, we covered six cool things about the evolving world of energy, but with so much change taking place, we’re b… >>
The holiday season has begun, which means a time of decorating, gift buying and time spent with loved ones in your home. However, in addition to all the great things about the season, most families also tend to see a considerable spike in their energy usage – and power bills – around the winter holidays.
Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can reduce your energy usage during this chilly time of the year. Here are three way that you can be smarter about energy this holiday season:
1. Upgrade to LED Lights and make your holidays brighter
Energy is a fundamental part of our day-to-day lives. We use energy to light, heat and cool our homes, transport us, communicate with others and power our everyday activities. Most of us take for granted that when we flip the switch, the lights go on. But did you know the electricity system that provides power is changing dramatically? Watch the Video >>
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… >>
Electricity is essential to our lives and something that we need for everyday tasks, whether we’re always aware of it or not.
We use energy to light, heat and cool our homes, take us where we need to go, communicate with others and power other activities during a typical day. But did you know that the electric system that provides power to our homes, workplaces and cities is changing dramatically?
Here are six cool things about the evolving world of energy:
1. Solar panels will be everywhere
In the future, clean, renewable energy won’t j… >>
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. >>
The future we once envisioned is now becoming a reality.
Automation is a part of our daily lives and homes today, and we now have the power to control almost everything from our smartphones – from home security systems to entertainment like music and movies. Voice assistants, like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, are making these tasks even easier.
But did you know that the addition of smart home devices can make your home more energy efficient and help you save loads of money over time?
Here are five simple tips on how you can make your house an energy… >>
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… >>
It's been almost a decade now since the smart grid concept started to gain steam as a solution for improving our nation's aging electric infrastructure. While we’ve seen technology transform almost all aspects of our lives over the last couple of decades, our aging power grid had not really been modernized to match. The smart grid was proposed a solution to bring the grid up to speed with other aspects of our technologically advanced modern society.
By adding smart sensors, >>
If you've been reading about the widespread growth of solar energy and battery storage, you've probably come across the term “microgrid” here and there.
What exactly is a microgrid?
Well, you've probably realized, based on the word's two components, that it’s a small power grid, but why is this technology becoming particularly important now? And how does it fit into the larger discussion of developing a cleaner and smarter power grid?
As a good starting point for discussing microgrids and their benefits, let's take a look at Tesla’s re… >>