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Top 10 Energy-Sucking Appliances in Your Home

Date Posted: May 2, 2013, 3:14 pm | By: JBlanchard

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With the average American home containing no less than 40 different gadgets and appliances, how do you know which ones are the worst when it comes to sucking up costly energy?

Some are obvious culprits.  Others, not so much.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 offenders: Read more

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Dig This: Meet Energy Efficiency Rapper, Mega Watt

Date Posted: April 30, 2013, 4:15 pm | By: JBlanchard

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Here at Lowfoot, we’re convinced that energy efficiency can actually be fun. And we love when we find examples to prove this belief right.

Take, for instance, this video created by Texas retail electric provider, Reliant Energy. They created a show called “Digs,” which is a parody on the back-in-the-day MTV show, Cribs.

Remember that show? It gave you an inside look at the insanely awesome living quarters of famous stars like Mariah Carey, Jerry Cantrell and Ludacris.

So Reliant Energy took that idea and created a rapper named Mega Watt. He’s as obsessed with energy efficiency as he is with the electric raps that he writes.

We think this video is a fun way to introduce smart energy and energy efficiency. Read more

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How to Reduce Your Peak Demand Energy Use

Date Posted: April 25, 2013, 5:06 am | By: JBlanchard

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Every day, thousands of us come home from work or school, flip on the television, fire up the stove for dinner and start throwing seemingly endless piles of laundry into the washing machine. And when summer rolls around, we add the air conditioner to this energy-zapping mix.

While everyone’s habits vary, for the most part, the biggest drain on our energy network tends to fall between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This is also known as “peak demand.”

Millions of dollars are spent to keep up with this demand, and the costs are passed along by the energy companies in the form of higher rates during these critical hours.

But the good news is there are some very simple ways to reduce the amount of energy you use during peak demand time. Read more

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Earth Day 2013: How To Make It Meaningful

Date Posted: April 22, 2013, 1:00 pm | By: JBlanchard

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With Earth Day celebrating its 43rd birthday this year in 175 different countries across the globe, it’s easy to get caught up in the “Great Green Hype Machine.”  Inboxes flooded with emails from merchants touting their latest eco-friendly wares.  Loads of stylish earth-centric t-shirts.  Numerous Facebook posts urging you to hug a tree.

 
All of that is well and good for raising awareness (though, honestly, who isn’t aware of the need to help our ailing planet?).  But what can you do to really make an impact, not just on Earth Day but every day?

Quite a bit, actually.  And it’s easier than you might think.  Read more

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How To Celebrate Earth Day—In Texas, Ontario, Canada and Elsewhere

Date Posted: April 22, 2013, 9:44 am | By: JBlanchard

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It’s Earth Day, which means there are tons and tons of events going on all over the globe. Everything from beach clean ups to environmental workshops to lectures on how to reduce your footprint.

You can celebrate Earth Day 2013 no matter where you live. And you don’t even need to take part in a formal event.

Just be extra kind to the earth today.

Pick up some trash. Don’t drive anywhere, walk.

At the very least, get outside and enjoy Mother Nature! That’s what she’s there for.

Want to take part in some of the festivities going on around your area? Try Googling “Earth Day Events + Your City/Town Name” and see what comes up.

Since Lowfoot has offices in Houston and Ontario, Canada, we thought we’d share some events going on in our cities and the cities surrounding us. Read more

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How To Use Technology For Better Energy Efficiency

Date Posted: April 18, 2013, 5:50 am | By: JBlanchard

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It’s no secret that energy costs are one of the largest monthly expenses for American households.  And the obvious first step to lowering your bills is to begin monitoring your energy consumption.

But with work, family, school and social obligations, who has time to keep track of how long the lights were left on?

Fortunately, technology has stepped up its game and now offers an amazing array of smartphone apps, gadgets and software that help you save energy, money and time. Read more

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How Utilities Can Benefit From Educating Customers About Smart Energy

Date Posted: April 16, 2013, 12:49 pm | By: JBlanchard

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It’s not surprising that a recent report from the smart grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) discovered that utilities taking an active approach to smart energy education are experiencing higher rates of customer satisfaction and acceptance.

Consumers don’t like to be kept in the dark. They like transparency. They want to feel like they have control of the things they spend their hard-earned money on.

Smart energy education does just that: teaches consumers what they need to know to have more control of their energy use, and in turn, the money they save.

The report mentioned that utilities, such as CenterPoint Energy; Oklahoma Gas & Electric; San Diego Gas & Electric; and Southern California Edison, are among the utilities that have so far found success through consumer smart energy education. Read more

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Living Carbon Neutral: What It Means and How To Do It

Date Posted: April 9, 2013, 3:38 pm | By: JBlanchard

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Carbon neutral is one of those trendy phrases you hear a lot these days. Everyone wants to “lower their carbon footprint” and “live in a way that uses less carbon.”

But what does carbon neutral actually mean and how can you apply it in your own life?

We’ll show you how. Let’s start with… Read more

Reduce Your Use In These 6 Key Areas to Make the Biggest Impact

Date Posted: March 22, 2013, 1:04 pm | By: JBlanchard

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With a population of 7.3 billion (315 million in the U.S. alone), it’s no secret that planet Earth consumes a massive amount of energy.  But if even a small percentage of people cut back in one or more of the following 6 critical areas, the impact on our environment – and our bank accounts – would be astonishing. Read more

Energy Efficiency is not this hard!

Date Posted: February 13, 2012, 4:00 pm | By: Steve Hammond

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Recently I found this 30 second commercial about energy conservation. A family trying to eat their dinner every time a car passes and the headlights shine enough light in the room so they can see.

People think energy efficiency is hard. It’s not, it’s all about knowing how much is the correct amont for them. Lowfoot can help with that, we set an energy budget for you and if you meet it you get rewarded.

Recent blogs from actual users of Lowfoot have made it clear it works. Here’s one by the Director of the United Way of Grey-Bruce in Ontario where Lowfoot becomes an unlikely partner and helps reduce use by 50%! Another one by the Green Party of Ontario Leader where he claims to reduce his hydro use by 40%.

Lowfoot works because we provide very simple information each day and that makes people aware and they reduce.

No one likes to waste anything, but not-wasting is not difficult, just takes information and willingness to change and minor action here and there. Energy Efficiency is not as hard as the commercial above, it’s easy!

Steve Hammond
Co-Founder
Lowfoot.com

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