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Saving Energy with EnergySage, part 4: Home appliances

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This post is the fourth in our series about how to save on your energy bills even when you’re spending more time at home, as the entire EnergySage team is, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (here are the first, second, and third.) Continue to check our blog for more ideas for how you can take control of your energy bills in the coming weeks. 

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The HEAT Loan Program: energy efficiency financing in Massachusetts

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Investing in energy efficiency upgrades for your home is not only one of the easiest ways to decrease your carbon footprint; it’s also one of the best ways to save money on utility bills. However, despite the clear benefits, some homeowners hesitate to install air source heat pumps, add insulation to their home, or switch to solar hot water technologies because of anticipated upfront costs. Fortunately, this isn’t much of an obstacle in the Bay State: thanks to Mass Save, homeowners throughout Massachusetts can finance these projects at 0 percent interest with the HEAT Loan Program.

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Energy-saving tips for renters

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For homeowners, making energy upgrades is as simple as having an energy audit, choosing which upgrades to make, and implementing those changes. But for renters, it’s a bit more complicated – because you don’t own the property you live in, you often don’t have the ability to make certain energy upgrades, such as installing rooftop solar panels, adding insulation, replacing windows, and more. However, as a renter, there are steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on utility bills. Here are just a few options:

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Phantom loads: what you need to know

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There are two primary ways to reduce your electricity bills: 1) by generating your own electricity with solar energy and 2) by reducing the amount of electricity you use every month. These two methods of reducing bills go hand-in-hand: if you use less electricity every month, then a smaller (and less expensive) solar energy system will be able to meet your needs. 

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Energize CT rebates & energy efficiency upgrades for 2020

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Energize CT is Connecticut’s energy efficiency campaign and is sponsored by both your electric utility and energy efficiency providers. The program is available to renters, homeowners, and businesses across Connecticut. Here’s the breakdown of the different measures that you can take to reduce your energy use and resultant utility bills through the Energize CT program in 2020.

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Mass Save rebates 2019: get an energy assessment in MA

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Mass Save energy assessment program is Massachusetts’ all-encompassing energy efficiency campaign, and is sponsored by both your electric utility and energy efficiency providers. The program is available to renters, homeowners, and businesses across Massachusetts. Here’s the complete breakdown of all the different measures that you can take to reduce your energy use and resultant utility bills through the Mass Save program in 2019.
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Solar air conditioning: what you need to know

Reading Time: 5 minutesFor many, summer is the best season of all: beaches, vacations, and sunshine. But this season can also bring high temperatures and unbearable humidity, often creating widespread demand for air conditioning. Solar power is one way you can keep your electricity costs down as you’re blasting the air conditioner this summer. After all, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice on comfort just to save money on electricity.

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Nest vs. ecobee: which smart thermostat is right for your home?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn the past few years, smart thermostats have gone from a niche product to one that’s accessible to most homeowners. If you don’t have them installed in your home already, you’ve probably seen the small screens on walls at a friend’s house or on display at a local electronics stores.

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How many solar panels do you need to binge your favorite TV shows?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWith Game of Thrones about to return for its eighth and final season, we at EnergySage began to wonder how much energy it takes to binge watch the entirety of the series. Naturally, our next question was: how many solar panels would it take to watch all of Game of Thrones? And how does this series compare to some of the other long-running series on TV in terms of solar energy required to power a complete-series watch-a-thon?

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Pros and cons of electric water heaters

Reading Time: 5 minutesHeating water in your house requires a lot of electricity. In fact, roughly 12 percent of an average home’s energy consumption is spent heating water.  How much energy your own water heater consumes depends not only on how much hot water you use but also on the type of water heater you install. As such, when it’s time to install a new water heater in your home, it’s important to compare multiple options before making a final purchasing decision.

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