New England Electricity Costs Are on the Rise — How to Reduce Usage While Staying Comfortable

saving electricityHomeowners and businesses in New England are facing higher-than-ever electricity prices in 2014 and 2015, with increases of up to 50 percent expected in many areas.

These hikes in electricity prices are driven by the region’s greater reliance on natural gas to fuel electricity-generating power plants. While there are several plants in operation and more under construction, there are not enough supply pipelines available to provide the amount of natural gas needed to meet demand.

In addition, winter heating using natural gas reduces the supply of gas available to electric utility companies.

With significant price hikes on the horizon, there are a few things you can do to save electricity while keeping your home warm and comfortable:
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Energy Efficiency News: Blue LED Wins Researchers Nobel Prize in Physics

LED lightingThe 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three Japanese researchers whose work produced the blue LED (light-emitting diode).

Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, Shuji Nakamura received the prize for creating diodes that emit blue light. With the introduction of the blue LED, it was finally possible to create LEDs that produce the type of white light used in most commercial and residential applications.
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Motion Sensor Lighting Promotes Energy Efficiency in Your Boston Area Home

Residential lighting accounts for a major portion of the energy used in American homes. Critical for the safety and convenience of our lifestyles, lighting is a necessity that can’t be eliminated from a household budget. In many cases, however, lighting can also be a source of energy loss. Leaving lights on in unoccupied rooms or outdoor areas can waste significant amounts of electricity and make monthly utility bills higher than necessary. Motion sensor lighting is an easy solution to this type of energy waste. (more…)

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Insulation and Air Sealing: 2 Tasks to Keep Your Massachusetts Home Comfy Year-Round

An efficient and effective HVAC system is just one component of overall home comfort. To make sure your living spaces stay at the temperature you prefer without excess energy loss or waste of money, it’s necessary to also tend to insulation and air sealing. These two techniques prevent the loss of conditioned air and stop heat flow, which will improve indoor comfort in all seasons.

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How Smart Home Technology Improves Energy Efficiency in Greater Boston Homes

smart home technologyAs technology continues to advance, the equipment used to monitor your home and control its functions also becomes more sophisticated. Using smart home technology, energy efficiency can be significantly improved with accompanying boosts in home comfort and reductions in monthly energy costs. Here are some ways smart home technology can help. (more…)

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