Latest Home energy articles

Electricity bills can be a huge expense. Understanding your home energy usage can help you reduce consumption and lower your home energy costs.

Virtual power plants: How they work and how homeowners can benefit

Virtual power plants are networks of connected devices that can be selectively activated and deactivated to respond to changes in power demand on the grid.

Written by Ben Zientara

Why California electricity bills are so high and what you can do about it

In 2023, the average monthly residential electricity bill in California is $164, which is over 20% higher than the average bill in the USA.

Written by Ben Zientara

How the U.S. electrical grid works

Every time you flip a switch or press a power button, the electrical grid reacts. Find out how and why here.

Written by Ben Zientara

Illuminate your yard with the top 5 solar string lights

Solar string lights are a great way to add ambiance to your outside space. Charged up by the sun, they can last for up to 8 hours at night.

Written by Ana Almerini

Best solar flood lights of 2024

Solar flood lights are a great way to illuminate your garden, driveway, or sidewalk. Here are the best lights on the market and how to choose the right one.

Written by Cameron Bates

The best energy-efficient light bulbs for your home

Energy-efficient light bulbs last longer, cost less, and are just as effective as traditional incandescent bulbs. Find out if they're right for your home.

Written by Ana Almerini

NJ electricity cost: rates, utilities, and more

The average electric bill in New Jersey is about $116, but homeowners can install solar panels to bring that down to $0.

Written by Catherine Lane

How many watts does an AC use?

The amount of watts an air conditioner uses varies based on the type of AC unit and can increase or decrease based on how hard it needs to work to cool down a space.

Written by Ana Almerini