Save while you Sleep

We all have bedtime routines. For the little ones it might consist of a “midnight” snack, a story, and checking under the bed for monsters. Once you reach your teenage years it likely consists of a last minute attempt to finish all of your homework and convincing your parents to let you stay up later. When adulthood hits, it’s all we can do to stay awake and have a couple hours to ourselves. Thinking of adding just a few more things onto your to-do list at night may sound impossible, but doing so just might end up saving you money...something we think is well worth it!    Unplug, unp...
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How to Save Energy in Your New Place

First of all, welcome back to Columbia! We know there are a lot of stresses in the beginning of a new semester, including moving into a new apartment. For some of you this may be your first time living off campus. With that comes a lot of responsibility, on top of the stress of a full-time course load. Whether you're worried about paying your bills on top of rent or you just want a few extra dollars for the weekend, follow these tips to save money and energy (& you'll be helping us win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize). Replace the 5 most frequently used light bulbs. Th...
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A Balancing Act: Pet Comfort and Saving Energy at Home

Man’s best friend—he’s your door greeting, tail wagging, food bowl drooling, ball chasing, toy chewing BFF. Chances are, your four legged friend has become more like a member of your family. However, this member of the family doesn’t know to turn off the lights when they leave a room or turn the TV off when they are finished watching. Your pet could be costing you on your utility bill, but how do you balance their comfort and happiness with being conscious of how much energy you’re using at home? These tips can help! Set your thermostat to save You know you should turn your thermostat up ...
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How to get your kids involved with saving energy

Dear Parents, Your kids are home for the summer. You survived the parent-teacher conferences, the sports practices, the concerts and the homework questions that you’ve long since forgotten how to solve. And in all of that, you’ve probably spent a lot of money on your kids. This summer, you can work on getting your kids to SAVE you a little money by saving energy. Here’s ten quick and easy things you can do to keep the kids thinking about energy efficiency all summer long (and keep them occupied, too)! “Dress for the Season” Fashion Show Kids are notorious for putting on some pretty interes...
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What Efficiency Really Means & Tips to Keep Cool this Summer

(As seen in the Columbia Missourian 'From the Readers' Section June 13, 2015) Unless you have a job similar to mine, it’s likely you don’t think about energy all too often. And I don’t blame you. Talking about how much energy you use at home or how you can save energy can quickly turn into a technical blur with terms like kilowatt hours, phantom loads and lumens being thrown around carelessly. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Energy is what makes our everyday lives possible. It’s what makes surprise parties a surprise and bedtimes less scary and dark. Even ...
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Decorating your home to save energy

Let’s talk about a way to make saving energy at home fun and stylish! Often we are busy stressing home energy upgrades that can’t be seen like sealing ducts, adding insulation, or upgrading your HVAC system (which will save you a ton!).  But at a time when a lot of televisions (ENERGY STAR® I hope) are defaulting to HGTV and you can spend hours a day pinning your dream home decor, I wanted to show how you can design and decorate your home to save energy. Whether you’re going through a major home renovation, or want to take things one room at a time, these tips can help! Lighting photo credit...
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Q: What is the easiest way to save energy?

A. Change Your Air Filters! Let’s be honest, all of us are always looking for “life-hacks” to make our hectic lives easier. Well we found a new one for you! You don’t even have to leave your home. One of the easiest ways to lower your energy bill is to change your air filters regularly. According to the EPA, doing this can cut 5-15% off your heating and cooling bill!   Now you’re asking yourself, when was the last time I changed my air filters? Not to worry, it’s easy to forget. Your air filters are out of sight and therefore out of mind. So how do you ensure that you remember to c...
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Spring into Saving Energy

Spring is officially here. You're waking up to birds chirping in the mornings, riding your bike to work, taking long walks through the neighborhood after work, and grilling dinners. You're not looking forward to spring cleaning; perhaps you're like me and waiting for a rainy day to dedicate to the dreaded task. But did you know spring cleaning could help you save energy & help as Columbia competes for the Georgetown University Energy Prize? By adding a few things to your spring cleaning to-do list (maybe they’re already on your list?!) you can make your home run better and save energy. Ma...
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Buyers Guide: Smart Devices to help you Save

First, see which one is right for you. This guide from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) can help you decide which type of smart power strip or outlet is best fit for your needs or habits. Then read our buyers guide to help you determine which energy-saving tool you should choose. Smart Energy-Saving Tools you can find at the Home Depot: 8-Outlet Digital Timer Here, 4 outlets are controlled by a timer, and 4 are 'always on'. Great for controlling charging times of electronics, while keeping an alarm clock, internet/wifi plugs constantly plugged in. Pros: Can program up to...
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What’s on & using energy in your house while you’re not even there?

Your house is full of devices that never actually turn off - even when you’re gone or asleep. Do you know how much energy they’re using or money they’re costing? I began researching this topic shortly after Christmas, when I signed up for cable and DVR service after months of going without. I noticed my utility bill increased, nothing out of this world, but still a notable difference, and since I am quite conscious of my energy use, I knew not much had changed. (Disclaimer: many things can contribute to an increase in your utility bills, including things outside of your control such as the we...
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