Declaring Energy Independence In Your Home

This 4th of July, celebrate the anniversary of America’s independence with more than cookouts and sparklers. This Independence Day, declare your independence from our fossil fuel-power past and take some small personal steps towards realizing a clean(er) energy household. A decade ago, just before another Independence Day, my Irish-born husband returned from the hardware store [...]

Declaring energy independence

This 4th of July, celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence with more than a cookout and sparklers. This Independence Day weekend, declare your independence from our fossil fuel past and take some small personal steps towards realizing a clean energy household! Years ago, just before another Independence Day weekend, my Irish husband returned from [...]

Deck the Halls With LED Lights

Although you might still be eating the Thanksgiving turkey (or Tofurky) as leftovers, we have now officially entered The Holiday Season. It’s time to dust off your decorations, start playing the Nutcracker Suite and begin your holiday baking. If your strings of Christmas lights have been around since Santa last filled your stocking, then it’s past [...]

Georgia Power Lights the Way with Discounted LEDs

Last month, Georgia Power began offering discounted LEDs (light emitting diodes) at Home Depot, while supplies last. The program is quite simple – all you have to do is stop by Home Depot and buy the discounted LEDs! While you are in Home Depot, you might be able to pick up discounted CFLs (compact florescent [...]

Another Multi-Billion Dollar Nuclear Gamble for TVA

Hot on the heals of the biggest Mega Millions jackpot in history, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has just upped its ante on a different game of chance: completing the Watts Bar nuclear reactor at their existing nuclear plant in Tennessee. TVA announced last week that the construction cost estimates to resurrect the abandoned reactor “were [...]

Our family experience with efficient LED lighting

Energy efficient lighting has never been a more plausible option for your home than it is today. Awareness of coming changes in residential light bulbs is growing. We’ve all seen that the CFL industry has continued it’s upward trend over the last couple of years, but LED markets are expanding rapidly as well; the US [...]

Energy Awareness Month: Save Energy With Simple Tips for the Home

As the third in a series of blogs during Energy Awareness Month, this post explores simple energy savings tips for your home. Since 1991, the federal government has recognized October as Energy Awareness Month. SACE is taking this opportunity to focus on how we can all reduce energy use in our everyday lives. Before we [...]

Is Congress trying to dim our energy future?

“One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing is to supply light and not heat.” – Woodrow Wilson The past couple of weeks have seen heat grip the nation’s capital both literally and in debate. Unbelievably – and despite growing economic uncertainty, a mounting debt crisis and multiple overseas military operations – [...]

Cheers for Duke Energy and Progress Energy

People in the Southeast do want energy efficiency! We had no doubts, but it is great to see strong participation in the first full year of new efficiency programs offered by Progress Energy Carolinas (PEC) and Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC). Our analysis shows that both utilities achieved greater savings and spent less per kWh than [...]