Author Archives: Ellen Sirull

About Ellen Sirull

Ellen is an expert in content creation, with a specific focus in helping people learn more about clean energy, solar, and EVs. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in journalism and earned an MBA at Kennesaw State University. Outside of work, you can find her spending time with her family, friends, and dogs as well as traveling, exploring new places, trying new food, or watching Georgia football.

electric bill too high troubleshooting

Why is my electric bill so high?

If you own a home, you’ve probably experienced the shock of opening your monthly electricity bill in your mailbox or email and seeing a higher dollar total than expected. It’s a standard part of home ownership, and you can hear homeowners lamenting as electricity rates increase – “Why is my electric bill so high? Why does my power bill keep going up?”

Luckily, you can take steps to find the source of high electricity bills and resolve them to minimize the impact on your wallet. Here are some ideas to start the troubleshooting process, along with some suggestions on what to do about your high electric bill.

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EV incentives

Which vehicles qualify for EV incentives?

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) drastically changed the incentives available for electric vehicles (EVs). While there are many great new opportunities for EV incentives, the details are not exactly easy to follow. So, in this article, we’ll break down what you need to know about which EVs qualify for incentives now and in the coming years.

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Tesla destination chargers

2022 complete guide to Tesla destination chargers

Tesla destination chargers are Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers designed to help you power your Tesla away from home, particularly overnight or if you’re not in a rush. They’re just like the Tesla Wall Connectors you can install at home but are located in public places like hotels, restaurants, and parking garages. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about Tesla destination chargers, including what they are, where to find them, how to use them, and how much they cost.

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Tesla superchargers

2022 complete guide to Tesla Superchargers

Tesla Superchargers are incredibly fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers to help you quickly charge away from home, including on road trips. Specifically, a Tesla Supercharger is a Level 3 charger (the fastest available today) that adds up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes. Currently, Tesla Superchargers are available only for Teslas in most locations – however, Tesla is piloting sites where other EVs can quickly charge using a Tesla Supercharger for an added fee. In this article, we break down everything you need to know about Tesla Superchargers, including what they are, where to find them, how to use them, and how much it costs to use one.

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Span Drive

The SPAN Drive home EV charger complete review

If you’ve bought an electric vehicle (EV) recently or are considering one, you’re not alone! Global EV sales doubled in 2021 from the previous year to a new record of 6.6 million, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Global EV Outlook 2022 Report. Having an EV charger at your home allows you to more efficiently and quickly charge your EV, while managing and monitoring your charging and energy usage. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can power your car with the sun!) 

SPAN is a top manufacturer in the electrification industry and they’re rolling out a smart home EV charger that integrates with their smart panel: the SPAN Drive home EV charger. SPAN Drive is an accessory to the SPAN Panel, a reimagined smart panel that helps set up your home for electrification upgrades like solar, battery, and EV charging equipment.

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Emporia EV charger

The Emporia smart home EV charger complete review

If you’ve bought an electric vehicle (EV) recently or are considering one, you’re not alone! U.S. EV sales grew 76 percent year over year in Q1 2022 to make up 5.2 percent of automotive sales, according to Kelley Blue Book. Having an EV charger at your home allows you to more efficiently and quickly charge your EV at home, while managing and monitoring your charging and energy usage. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can power your car with the sun!) 

Emporia is known for their tech-focused approach to energy management and they offer a smart EV charger that you can install at home: the Emporia EV Charging Station. Emporia is an American-based company that was founded in 2018 in Littleton, Colorado. They make a variety of products to help you better manage and monitor energy in your home, including smart plugs, thermostats, energy monitors, and home batteries!

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Colorado heat pump incentives

Colorado heat pump rebates and incentives: 2022 guide

If you live in Colorado, there are financial incentives to help you heat and cool your home more efficiently with air source heat pumps. In addition to the federally funded Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) programs, several utilities throughout the state currently offer heat pump incentives. Check out this complete guide to learn all about Colorado’s air source heat pump rebates and how to claim them.

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Environmental impact EVs

Environmental impact of electric vehicles vs. gas cars

Electric car sales continue to break records each month. If you choose to purchase an electric car, you’ll likely receive some rebates and incentives (some from the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act) and you’ll help the environment, while not needing to worry about fluctuating gas prices. However, electric cars, also known as electric vehicles or EVs, have received some criticism over the years because their carbon footprint isn’t zero. In this article, we’ll explain the environmental impact of EVs compared to traditional gas-powered vehicles. 

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EV incentives

2022 guide to EV charger rebates and incentives

Electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity, especially with increased options from manufacturers, improvements in technology and range, rebates and incentives, and savings in gas. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and state-specific incentives also provide options for you to get money back if you install EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) aka a home EV charger. According to a JD Power survey in 2021, 88 percent of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home “often” or “always” –  so, if you’re looking to buy an EV and install a charger at home, it’s important to stay to-do-date on the latest rebates and incentives!

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Grizzl-E EV charger review

The Grizzl-E home EV charger complete review

If you’ve bought an electric vehicle (EV) recently or are considering one, you’re not alone! According to McKinsey, if EV sales continue on their current trajectory, they’re likely to account for over half of U.S. passenger vehicle sales by 2030. Having an EV charger at your home allows you to more efficiently and quickly charge your EV, while managing and monitoring your charging and energy usage. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can power your car with the sun!) 

United Chargers is a Canadian electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) company that creates options for both home and commercial use. Originally founded as a software company in 2001, United Charger just began focusing on EVSE research, development, and manufacturing in 2019. In early 2020, they launched their popular Grizzl-E line of EV chargers – in this article, we’ll cover this line, including the Grizzl-E Classic, Smart, and Duo models.

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