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Tips for beating the heat on the cheap

It’s been a bit stifling recently, and air conditioning is probably causing a spike in everyone’s bills. So we thought we’d share some tips for staying cool while saving money. 320 more words


Keep your energy bills out of hot water

Whether your utilities be gas, electric, oil, or propane.  We can agree all types do cost much more these days.  If you are low incomed then too much usage and too little money to pay for it often results in loss of the utilities. 1,043 more words

Frugal Living

Wal-mart, Others Want Out Of State Energy Efficiency Program

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Wal-Mart and a group representing other large users of electricity say they can do a better job of saving energy if state regulators would let them opt out of a nearly 35-year-old conservation program. 806 more words


Top 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Saving Energy at Home: Summer Edition

11. Placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary because the thermostat senses heat from the appliances. 392 more words

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Summer energy-saving tips

Open windows on cool days and nights
On cool days and nights, turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. A fan may also help and does not use as much electricity as an air conditioning compressor. 333 more words


Go Go Go

In the spirit of PanAm now on in Toronto I am going to race through a few things I’ve been meaning to tell you about for the last couple of months. 577 more words

Beyond Talkin' Trash

Do Residential Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver?

Today’s post is co-authored by Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago) and Catherine Wolfram

We recently released a paper presenting the findings of a first-of-its kind, randomized controlled evaluation of the returns to some common residential energy efficiency investments. 2,040 more words

Jim Rose reblogged this and commented:

The researchers found that the upfront cost of efficiency upgrades of a large randomized controlled trial of 30,000 homes in Michigan came to about $5,000 per house, on average. But their central estimate of the energy savings only amounted to about $2,400 per household, on average, over the lifetime of the upgrades. After the upgrades, homes used 10 to 20 percent less energy for electricity and heating. But, that was only about 39 percent of the savings that engineering modelers had predicted ahead of time. The program simply wasn't as effective at saving energy as everyone thought.