ENERGY STAR was introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a way to identify and promote energy-efficient products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over the past two decades, the ENERGY STAR brand has been a driving force behind the more widespread use of technological innovations and the program has grown substantially. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings and plants. The program has successfully delivered energy and cost savings across the country, saving businesses, organizations, and consumers an estimated $24 billion in 2012 alone.... Read more


Phantom loads could be hurting your wallet

Phantom loads are appliances and electronics that continue to draw power from electrical outlets, even when turned off. These appliances, also known as energy vampires, can significantly increase your energy usage and can end up costing you hundreds of dollars every year ... Read more


Saving money by making smart lighting choices

When it comes to lighting, there are plenty of options to choose from, but it is important to know that some lighting options are better than others. The lighting industry saw major changes when new lighting standards, standards established in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), took effect in 2012. Prior to updating standards, traditional incandescent bulbs were the bulb of choice for many. These bulbs used a lot of energy to produce light and roughly 90 percent of the energy used was given off as heat. This lost energy was money consumers were throwing away. Changes to standards encouraged companies to stop production of inefficient bulbs and to develop more efficient models that met the new criteria.... Read more



Energy saving tips for renters

Make sure your walls and attic are well insulated. Upgrade or replace old windows.  Create shade by planting strategically-placed trees and shrubs around your house. These are the kind of suggestions you often find when searching for ways to improve energy efficiency. These are great options for homeowners, but if you live in a rental property, many of these suggestions aren’t viable options.... Read more