Taking action on alternative energy

There has been a lot of chatter in Washington lately about energy. Namely, alternative energy sources, energy consumption, our dependence on foreign oil, and rising energy costs. While there are some scientists who are frantically working on ways to both cut our energy usage and some people (citizens, voters) who are right there with them, […]

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Free Forum Gift Giveaway

The utility bill busters energy saving forums have launched! located at https://www.utilitybillbusters.com/articles/forum/, the forums give you a chance to post your questions to the community and get answers. As a way of introducing the forums, I am giving away three valuable energy guides to you: The Smart Consumer Checklist, which covers energy considerations when shopping […]

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March/April 2009 Editorial: How Private Should Utility Bills Be?

The cover of this issue depicts extraordinarily useful information: the homes whose attics are inadequately insulated. British residents can go onto the Web and find their homes-or their neighbors’ homes-to determine their thermal efficiency. This aerial photo, along with the widely available photos in Google Earth and other services, illustrates the rapidly changing definitions of […]

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January/February 2009 Editorial: Now We Know the Value of Energy Star

The elections overshadowed a press release by Energy Star announcing a settlement with LG, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of appliances and consumer electronics. That’s a pity because the settlement sends an important message to manufacturers. It also reveals how valuable LG thinks the Energy Star endorsement actually is. Recall that Consumer Reports (and […]

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November/December 2008 Editorial: Heat Pump Water Heaters—Another Prius in the Basement?

It was good news to learn that Energy Star has finally announced specifications for water heaters. The specification for heat pump water heaters is particularly welcome, since these products have an unusually large savings potential. A heat pump water heater can reduce water-heating energy by half, which translates into over 1,500 kWh per year in […]

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How the credit crunch will affect your energy bills (and what you can do about it)

A general question that gets asked more often than you think is “because of the recent crappy credit market (and weak economic climate) what will happen to my energy bills? Will they increase?” The answer, unfortunately, is a sound “I don’t know.” Givent he current market conditions, and weak economic forecast with signs of continued […]

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