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Is a Billing Plan From Your Utility Company a Good Idea?

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 03.30.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Utility company budget-billing plans satisfy many customers. However, it's important to understand what you currently spend on energy and how you can lower those amounts first.

15 Effective Home Improvement Ideas to Make It Energy Efficient (INFOGRAPHIC)

Piyush Mangukiya | Posted 10.27.2016 | HuffPost Home
Piyush Mangukiya

We talk about saving money around every financial turn, from buying discounted packaged dry goods in bulk to keeping up with the maintenance on our brand new vehicles. Yet, one area of homeowner costs literally and figuratively flies out the window.

A Bright Idea to Cut Carbon Emissions

XPRIZE | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green

You've probably spent a significant portion of your life beneath harsh soul-crushing fluorescent lighting in school, in the office, in the supermarket... everywhere. Why? It's simply because fluorescent bulbs are so much more efficient than their incandescent cousins.

Energy Efficiency in Bloom

Cliff Majersik | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Cliff Majersik

Building energy use policies begin to address this critical knowledge gap. Atlanta's new ordinance, for example, combines several powerful tools that together can provide unparalleled insight into these valuable assets.

How to Make Your New Home's HVAC System More Energy Efficient

Will Housh | Posted 05.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
Will Housh

So, you've moved into a new home and you just got your first utility bill. Is it higher than you expected? If so, your HVAC system may be the cause.

LEDs Are An Important Climate Change Solution

Diane MacEachern | Posted 11.23.2014 | Technology
Diane MacEachern

With 70 percent of U.S. light sockets still containing inefficient bulbs, the potential is huge for American consumers to find lighting options that save them energy, money and help protect the environment from climate change.

The High Cost of White Roofs in the North

Charlie Soffel | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Charlie Soffel

Seattle and most northern cities in the U.S. waste millions in energy costs and precious natural resources by buying into the myth that white roofs are energy efficient regardless of climate zone.

How the Consumer Electronics Industry Is Thinking Green

Gary Shapiro | Posted 06.21.2014 | Technology
Gary Shapiro

We all share the responsibility of protecting our planet. Leveraging the power of innovation, the consumer electronics industry is voluntarily leading the way to improve sustainability and increase the energy efficiency of the devices we all rely on.

7 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

If you ordinarily receive large tax refunds, consider withholding less and instead putting the money to work for you, by either saving or investing a comparable amount throughout the year, or using it to pay down debt. Your goal should be to receive little or no refund.

Clean Trillion California Dreamin'

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Clean energy policies have made California's solar revolution possible -- so much so that solar is reaching grid parity and no longer needs incentives to thrive in that state.

All Systems Go as We Say Goodbye to the Old, Inefficient 60-Watt Bulb on Jan. 1

Noah Horowitz | Posted 02.16.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

Six years ago, President Bush signed a federal energy bill phasing out energy-wasting light bulbs on a staggered schedule to ensure a smooth and successful transition to more efficient bulbs - and eventually save Americans $13 billion on their annual energy bills.

LEDs: A Holiday Gift That Keeps on Giving

Noah Horowitz | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

Switching to energy-saving LED lighting to brighten the holidays and America's homes, businesses, and streets could lower U.S. electric bills by billions of dollars and avoid millions of tons of pollution annually. That would truly be a gift that keeps on giving.

"Fall Back" Into Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

Noah Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

This Sunday (Nov. 3) most Americans will go through the annual ritual of changing clocks back an hour in preparation for winter's gradually decreasing daylight, a period also referred to as "lighting season" because the shorter days mean we'll be using more lights in our homes and businesses.

Vampire Slaying and More: NRDC's Halloween Energy Survival Guide

Noah Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

The chilling truth is that as much as one-tenth of the electricity devoured in our homes vanishes as "standby power" -- electricity feeding our perpetually plugged-in electronics and appliances even when they're idle for long periods of time, like in the dead of night.

Computers and Appliances: Today's Home-Based Energy Hogs

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The Energy Information Administration is touting the fact that "heating and cooling" now comprise less than half of our residential energy usage. But that's only half the story.

6 Ways to Save on Heating

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest bloggers from Energy Star and the Environmental Protection Agency Heating your home is not only hard on your wallet, but it's hard on the...

What Do Your Kids Really Know About Saving Energy?

Diane MacEachern | Posted 10.16.2012 | Green
Diane MacEachern

Parents may ask kids to turn off the lights. They may talk themselves blue in the face in the hopes that their children make the connection between the light switch and climate change. But do they really?

Team Energy Star Focuses on a New Audience to Save Energy: Kids

Diane MacEachern | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Diane MacEachern

Using energy efficiently starts at home with simple actions like turning off the lights or computer when they're not being used. The challenge is getting people -- especially kids -- to flip that switch to "off."

Energy Transparency Key to Greening Buildings

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The appeal of renewable energy as an investment may dim with the decline of subsidies. But existing and future investments in devices that measure and control energy are looking good.

You Can Cut Your Carbon Emissions 20 Percent Over the Next Year

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.26.2012 | Green
Elliott Negin

"The most important single change for most Americans would be to trade in their gas-guzzler for a more fuel-efficient car... At today's gas prices, that would save you as much as $18,000 over the 15-year life of the car."

We're Leading The 'Energy Star' Nation

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 04.18.2012 | Los Angeles

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual list of cities with the highest number of Energy Star buildings. Los Ang...

Top 10 Energy Star Cities

Posted 04.12.2012 | Green

This week, the EPA released its annual list of the 25 American cities with the highest number of Energy Star certified buildings. According to the...

Put Your Tax Refund to Work

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.11.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

If you carry balances on multiple cards, always make at least the minimum payments to avoid penalties. Paying down the highest-rate card first will save the most money overall, but some people find that paying off smaller-balanced accounts first is a better motivator.

Celebrating Energy Star: 20 Years of Partnership, Promise, and Progress

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

Twenty years in, we still have a bold vision, one in which the Energy Star program helps millions of people -- in the U.S. and around the world -- save money, protect their health and the environment, and strengthen an economy that's built to last.

Take 'America Saves Week' to Heart

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Jason Alderman

After four years of coping with a stagnant economy, probably the last thing you want to hear is how important it is to sock away money for a rainy day -- you already know that. But hear me out, just in case.