I have a question on programable thermostats. We have one and have it set to be 6-10 degrees warmer when we are gone during the work days than when we are there. At what point do you lose your savings from not running the AC as much while you are out versus running it like crazy to resume the cooler temp when you are there? It seems like the AC works extra hard to get it cooled off- do we have the temp set too high while we are gone(maybe should only have 4-5 degrees warmer while we are at work)? Are we losing our efficiency?
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Here’s what I did: 1. add insulation to the attic (I live in Houston). Cost $300 after federal subsidy for a 2200 square foot house (I added R-30 for a total of R-50, really thick and fluffy in the attic!). 2. add ridge vent on the attic to increase air flow in the attic and lower the attic temperature. 3. add soffit vents (in my case I quadrupled them). Increases air flow in attic (my attic temperature on a summer afternoon went from 130 degrees to 114 degrees, lowering the heat transfer into the house and lowering the time the AC had to run, equalling big money. 4. the above changes lowered my electricity bill 40% in summer, which lasts five full months in Houston. 5. shop electricity rates if you live in a deregulated electricity market. Prices range over a 40% swing, so it’s easy to save. 6. Don’t overly sweat the small stuff; try a Kill-a-Watt meter and find out how much your electronics really use. I was shocked at how little my refrigerator really used (and the advice to keep the freezer full? I tried it and over a week there was zero difference in the Kill-a-Watt reading). 7. Get an efficient AC unit. I installed a unit with a 15 SEER rating. It runs a lot but is very efficient based on my electricity bill.

Fortunately, there are several universal ways people can save money on their energy bill, no matter where they live. Everyone knows to make sure their lights are off when a room isn’t occupied and to keep their heating and cooling to a minimum. But there are much more effective and strategic ways that you could be shaving significant money off of your energy bill every month. And, the best part - they don’t require you to sacrifice any of your daily comforts.
Nest has some cool sensors built into its thermostat. For example, it'll switch the display on if it detects motion nearby, and it can display the current temperature or the time, depending on what you choose. It's a small touch, but still a very nice one. The app is also pretty easy to use. You'll be able to pair the thermostat with it relatively quickly, and then you can control the temperature and set schedules straight from your phone.

As your current bulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or LED bulbs. Personally – I don't like the light from CFL's, so I'm trying to buy LED's as my current light bulbs die… and they're MUCH cheaper than they used to be! Check out this 6-pack on Amazon! And it's nice to know I can go another decade or so before I have to replace them again.
New River Electrical Corporation has recently participated in rehabilitation of the TNT plant located inside the Radford Army Ammunitions Plant. The TNT plant has not been in operation since the mid-1980s. It is the only plant in the United States capable of producing TNT. The majority of the rehabilitation has taken place in 2004 and 2005. It was an estimated cost of $130 million total of all trades to complete the rehabilitation.

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The SCC issued an order in a November 2014 ruling in the company’s biennial review that left base rates unchanged. Based on a review of 2012-2013 earnings, the SCC also required a $5.8 million refund credit to customers over a six-month period beginning in late January 2015. During the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly, legislation was approved that will keep Appalachian’s base rates (which comprise about 60 percent of the bill) unchanged until at least 2020.
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Since the 1990s, many regions have opened up the generation and distribution of electric power to provide a more competitive electricity market. While such markets can be abusively manipulated with consequent adverse price and reliability impact to consumers, generally competitive production of electrical energy leads to worthwhile improvements in efficiency. However, transmission and distribution are harder problems since returns on investment are not as easy to find.
The Texas Senate Bill 7, passed in 2002, gave 5.6 million Texans the power to choose a retail electric provider (REP) to supply electricity to their home or business. This bill facilitated a competitive energy marketplace that 85 percent of Texans can capitalize on today. Energy choice is available to residents in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth as well as other cities in Texas.
Nest has some cool sensors built into its thermostat. For example, it'll switch the display on if it detects motion nearby, and it can display the current temperature or the time, depending on what you choose. It's a small touch, but still a very nice one. The app is also pretty easy to use. You'll be able to pair the thermostat with it relatively quickly, and then you can control the temperature and set schedules straight from your phone.
I just had a new HVAC system put in a couple months ago and I had been using one of the expensive cleanable/reusable filters. I thought I was saving money and being green, but my HVAC guy recommended the really cheap filters and frequent changes. Those other filters apparently make the system work harder, especially if it isn’t changed frequently and that damages the system. Our programmable thermostat has a 30 day filter reminder (which is 30 days of use, not 30 calendar days).
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You can organize and shop by pricing at YOUR individual usage level, which allows you to shop and compare energy plans based on the rates you’ll actually see appear on your bill, inclusive of taxes and hidden fees. You won’t be misled by the “teaser rates” tied with higher usage levels that many homes never experience, as their usage level never reaches that pricing tier.

You could knock hundreds of dollars off your bill over the course of a year if you stick to the conditions of the discount. Most energy companies will provide some kind of discount for things like paying your bills on time, by direct debit, or for receiving communications via email. However, make sure you understand the details of any discounts, including whether it is a discount off your entire bill, or just usage or supply charges.
Fortunately, there are several universal ways people can save money on their energy bill, no matter where they live. Everyone knows to make sure their lights are off when a room isn’t occupied and to keep their heating and cooling to a minimum. But there are much more effective and strategic ways that you could be shaving significant money off of your energy bill every month. And, the best part - they don’t require you to sacrifice any of your daily comforts.

Problem is, waiting a long time to change your filter makes your HVAC system less efficient and costs you more in electricity. Dirt and neglect can even cause your expensive HVAC unit to die an untimely death, said Maria Vargas, spokeswoman for the EPA’s Energy Star program. Instead, spend a little more to get a reusable filter than you can simply hose off when it gets clogged up with dust and other particles.

South Australians pay some of the highest electricity bills in the country3. The industry was deregulated in 2013 and there’s competition among energy suppliers in SA – many offer discounts during your first 12 months. If you live in SA, it’s important to compare against other plans every once in a while to make the most of the discounts offered on cheap electricity.
If you have fans in your house, use them. If you don't, considering installing a few. Fans can go a long way to cooling down a room and take up a lot of less energy than having your air conditioning on full blast. Having fans in your house allows you to program your thermostat up to 4 degrees higher because of the air circulation they provide. Make sure your fans are set to spin counterclockwise at higher speeds to save even more.
An inexpensive white, elastomeric coating will do the job and can be found at most hardware stores in states in the southern half of the U.S. Elastomeric coating is a blend of polymers that is durable, flexible and waterproof, and offers the fringe benefit of helping to increase your roof’s life span and water resistance. All you’ll need to apply it is heavy-duty paint rollers on an inexpensive old paint roller frame, with an extension pole attached to save wear and tear on your back.
The two most common distinctions between customer classes are load size and usage profile. In many cases, time-of-use (TOU) and load factor are more significant factors than load size. Contribution to peak-load is an extremely important factor in determining customer rate class. Consumer loads may be characterized as peak, off-peak, baseload, and seasonal. Utilities rate each load differently, because each has different implications for a power system.
This tiny little personal AC unit (and I do mean tiny) packs quite a punch considering its diminutive size. It measures just 7.24 by 8.54 by 8.14 inches, but boasts a cooling power of up to 1360 BTU, and claims to keep an area of about 43 square feet relatively cool. And while I was quite skeptical about what a cube the size of a large jewelry box could really do, I was, in a word, impressed.
Go retro with a crock pot. Speaking of ovens, there's nothing that heats up our house faster than a preheating oven and a few pans on the stove top. Slow cookers, on the other hand, use less energy and won't turn your kitchen into, well, an oven. I think the crock pot often gets a bad rap thanks to the old way of slow cooking: bland recipes created from canned and prepackaged ingredients. But the slow cooker is enjoying a quiet revival, and with it we're seeing better recipes, such as this pulled-pork sandwich and these triple chocolate brownies.

I just had a new HVAC system put in a couple months ago and I had been using one of the expensive cleanable/reusable filters. I thought I was saving money and being green, but my HVAC guy recommended the really cheap filters and frequent changes. Those other filters apparently make the system work harder, especially if it isn’t changed frequently and that damages the system. Our programmable thermostat has a 30 day filter reminder (which is 30 days of use, not 30 calendar days).

In the Northern Hemisphere, while south-facing roofs are typically where solar panels will generate the highest amount of electricity, panels on western-facing roofs will generate the most during peak hours. Because of this, it’s a good idea to talk to your solar installer about the best design for your system so that you maximize your solar savings under your TOU plan.
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