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



Video game energy use explained

Video game consoles and games are popular gifts during the holiday season. Over Thanksgiving weekend alone, Ebay sold about 33,000 Xbox One systems and 28,000 Nintendo PlayStation 4 consoles. With so many systems sold early in the holiday season, you can bet gamers everywhere will be thrilled when they find one under their tree come Christmas morning..... Read more