INFOGRAPHIC: Which U.S. states care most about the environment?

As the Earth heats up, thankfully so does interest in sustainable living and renewable energy. What we Google says a lot about what we’re concerned with, and in this unique study, Save On Energy analyzed Google Trends to see where people are searching for environmental topics the most....more

How I saved 66% on my electric bill during the summer

Let’s start off with some transparency. As much as I consider myself environmentally aware, I am by no way perfect. No where near. However, I also understand it’s all about, as my friend Betsy likes to say, Progress not Perfection. As I look over my life in the last five years and the simple changes I've made, it’s truly amazing how much my lifestyle has changed. I have learned so much because of Southeast Green’s mission....more

Walking Into Doors-Myth or Misfortune??

An age-old joke to explain away a black eye or a nose job,  I always wondered, seriously, how one managed to walk into a door.   Until we became custodians of the Manor and realized the effects of a previous owner to add new ducting and vents, I'm guessing....more

The Climate IS the Economy, Stupid

On a recent milk pickup, I heard a customer ask "my" milk farmer when the organic apple cider would be for sale: after all, it's October. The answer was chilling: my farmer's neighbour, who grows the apples, has been hit by this year's drought, and his harvest is about 10% of what it normally is. He's not sure he will be in business come next year. ...more

How we use and save energy

When I picked up a gallon of milk at the store today, I looked at it in a new way. I was buying energy. This insight came courtesy of the US Energy Information Administration‘s recent ‘Today in Energy’ article about industrial energy consumption....more

Why isn't the Deep South green? Or is it?

Everyone is seeking the elusive killer app that will revolutionize energy. Most expect it to be a high tech gadget, or new form of generation or a way to finally store mass quantities of electricity. Not anthropologist Susan Mazur-Stommen. She’s looking in a completely different place: inside our heads, or more specifically inside the heads of those who live in the Deep South....more

Energy Efficiency without trying (and with)

By Elisa Wood  John Lennon wrote that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.  Apparently, the same is true of energy efficiency. Energy savings happen when we’re busy doing other things – Internet-based things specifically.  We use email, bank online and download music not to save energy, but to make life easier and more interesting.  Energy efficiency is a happy byproduct. ...more

Talking Shop: Turning Up The Heat

Question:” what is an induction range?  aside from being a flat top instead of coils, I can’t see what makes it different.” -Edward C  Cambridge, MAAnswer:  Great question!  Induction ranges are amazing devices....more

How to Winterize Your Home

I love the fall season - the colorful leaves, the pumpkin pies, the football games, and the perfect temperatures. What's not to love about fall? Well, I can think of one thing. With fall comes the approach of winter and the need to prepare my home for cold temperatures and snowy weather. I'm not a fan of housework, but I know if I don't get my home ready, I'll get hit with high energy bills and feel chilly drafts. However, if I winterize my home, I can avoid all this. ...more
Great tips! I suggest looking for rebates before you ...more

How To Save on Your Air Conditioning Bill

The weather is heating up in our part of the country. We have had several days in the 90’s this past week. However the weatherman is calling for some cooler weather latter this week. For many people air conditioning season is upon us. Air Conditioning is perhaps the biggest budget buster in the summertime.  It is not uncommon for electric bills to more than double in the summertime. So how to you keep from having sticker shock when you open the electric bill? ...more

I would add to that a simple and fundamental tip: clean the filters, regularly, replace if they ...more