And the Winner of the Kill-A-Watt is Becky S.

Congratulations to Becky S. who won the a Kill-A-Watt electricity meter and we’re throwing in a short extension cord which we’ve found makes using the Kill A Watt much easier. We asked and you answered.  The top three responses for which appliance in your home used the most electricity were: Number 3 with 7 votes […]

Back To School: The Great Kill-A-Watt Giveaway

As we’re preparing to get our kids back to school we’re relishing some of the additional free time we’ll have in our schedule.   One use for that time is to assess the amount of electricity various devices in our house use and make a determination as to which of these we really need and which […]

Typical Household Energy Use and Related Emissions

Have you ever wondered what the energy use of a typical household is? I came across this EPA resource while doing research for a campaign/petition I hope to start shortly and found it very useful and worth sharing. Check out the EPA’s Household Emissions Calculator Assumptions and References to find out typical household electricity, natural […]

Green Ways to Stay Cool in a Heat Wave

We’ve been posting a little less often than we’d like. With the kids home from school for the summer we have less time for things like writing blog posts. The past few days of much hotter than usual weather for our area has made us think about some tips for staying cool while still being […]

Going for Solar – Becoming a Net Generator

Our March 2011 Electric Bill – No Payment Due That didn’t take long, it took longer to write and publish this post. As soon as the days started getting longer our solar awning started generating more and more electricity.  So much so that when we got our March electric bill (2/17-3/22) we were shocked that […]

Replacing our LAST two incandescent lights with LEDs

Lighting technology has come a long way in the past ten years and I can now proudly say we are beyond incandescent lights in our home.  Today, I swapped out the last two incandescents with LED bulbs that Alicia won in an Earth Hour Facebook giveaway from Philips – EnduraLED 12W 2700K A19 Dimmable lamp […]

Going for Solar: Your First Electric Bill (Step 12)

I cannot believe how excited I was about getting an electric bill.  I was eagerly anticipating our first electric bill after we turned on our Solar Awning.  Yeah, I’m probably a little crazy, but I was excited to see how low our net-usage was, that is, how little electricity we used from the grid. Here […]

Going for Solar: Flipping the Switch To Green Energy (Step 11)

We finally got the go ahead from the electric company to turn on our solar awning on November 19, 2010. It was a bright, sunny day and I took a quick break from work to run home and flip the switch. Usually your solar contractor gives you basic training on how your system works,  then […]

Not All CFLs Are Created Equal

I’m assuming you know the basics – CFL light bulbs use significantly less electricity than traditional incandescent light bulbs.  They’re somewhat more expensive, but they save you money on electricity and they are supposed to last longer.  You should recycle them when you are done with them and if they break you should clean it […]

80% clean electricity by 2035? Can We Do It?

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Did you watch President Obama’s State of the Union address last night?  He talked about a number of green initiatives including green jobs.  The big green challenge he set forth was for the US to get 80% of its electricity from clean sources by the year 2035. Now, […]