Our Electricity Usage: Out Loud and On the Web

by Lisa Fahay   Lisa Fahay is a working mom with two kids and a Jack Russell Terrier. About a year ago, she and her husband founded the home energy efficiency company Both Lisa and Peter have been passionate about the environment for most of their lives.  In fact, through a recent Facebook connection, an old 6th grade friend wrote, "Of course that's what you're doing. I remember you yelling at … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

by Ethan Ewing, www.bills.com If you're like many Americans, you're probably looking for ways to trim costs while the economy is in a down turn.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average American home will spend $990 on heating this year.  Create a little breathing room in your budget with these 7 tips for lowering your winter energy bills. Protect your system. Change furnace … [Read more...]

Weatherproofing 101: Windows

This winter I am weatherproofing my house from top to bottom in an effort to save energy and stretch dollars.  My first task...the windows.  Care to join me? As a little added incentive, I'm giving away 5 Weatherproofing Kits from Niagara Conservation to help you get started (keep reading to find out how to win!!) I turned to an energy saving expert, Home Energy Auditor Mark Furst of Grading … [Read more...]

Turn Out For Earth Hour

Want to make a big impact this weekend? This Saturday at 8pm you could be part of a worldwide movement to call attention to and take a stand against global warming. And all you have to do is turn off the lights. Last year, Earth Hour was launched in Sydney Australia. In that one city 2.2 million people turned off their lights for one hour, resulting in a 10.2% energy reduction. Imagine what … [Read more...]

A Bright Idea

Lighting adds up to 15 percent of the total energy use in the average American home. So don’t overlook the obvious: turn off lights when you leave a room. Also, try using a lower wattage bulb or swapping out regular light bulbs for energy-saving, long-lasting compact fluorescents that can save energy and cash. … [Read more...]