Author Archives: Ellen Sirull

About Ellen Sirull

Ellen covers clean energy finance, electric vehicles (EVs), and EV charging as part of EnergySage’s consumer education team. She brings twenty years of experience helping consumers navigate complex topics. Ellen’s writing and insights have been featured on sites such as Money Tips, Experian, and CNBC. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and earned an MBA at Kennesaw State University. Ellen and her family are proud owners of both a solar system and an EV, with a $0 monthly electric bill being their favorite part of using clean energy.

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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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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ClipperCreek

The ClipperCreek 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 are 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 at home, while managing and monitoring your charging and energy usage. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can power your car with the sun!) 

ClipperCreek is a trusted EV charging manufacturer, creating EV chargers since 2006, and is a division of Enphase Energy, Inc. They are known for building residential, public, fleet, and workplace EV charging solutions that are reliable, powerful, and “Made in America.” In this article, we’ll focus in detail on ClipperCreek’s popular HCS Level 2 home EV charger line. 

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How to avoid bad solar

LDSreliance shares how to avoid bad solar installations

We love hearing the many success stories and reading the five-star reviews from our EnergySage customers who go solar and save a ton of money on electricity bills! But, just like with any industry, there’s not a 100 percent success rate. One of the most important things you can do is find a trusted solar installer in your area so you don’t end up with solar panels that aren’t performing ideally. Check out this video from LDSreliance to learn how to avoid issues when going solar. (Spoiler alert: using EnergySage to get pre-vetted installers and easily compare quotes is one of the ways to go solar the right way!)

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Mass Save Heat Pump rebate

Complete guide to understanding Mass Save® heat pump rebates

If you live in Massachusetts, there are financial incentives to help you heat and cool your home more efficiently with air source heat pumps. Mass Save® Sponsors help Massachusetts residents save money through energy efficiency and have rebates to help you save money on installing heat pumps. Check out this complete guide to learn all about the air source heat pump rebates available, how to claim your heat pump rebates, and common questions about how the Mass Save rebate program works.

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transport evolved and evs

Electric vehicles and the Inflation Reduction Act: Transport Evolved breaks down what you should know

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has a huge number of clean energy and clean transportation focused components to it. Watch Kate from Transport Evolved share some highlights of the recently passed IRA and specifically how it will impact buying an electric vehicle (EV) in the U.S.

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mitsubishi heat pump review

Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps complete review

Air source heat pumps are much more efficient than most heating and cooling options – and they provide both in one system! If your current HVAC system is aging, you may be able to switch to air source heat pumps for higher efficiency, lower overall utility bills, and, depending on where you live, some extra savings through rebates and incentives. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can heat and cool your home using the sun!) 

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