Laura Bretz
Laura Bretz is a Marketing Coordinator at Shipley Energy.

Recent Posts

11 Interesting Facts about Heating Oil

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/14/15 6:00 PM

Approximately 18 million American households use heating oil to heat their homes in the winter. Of those 18 million, most of those houses came be found in the Northeast. Even though it is so common, there are still many people who have questions about it. We’ve put together a small list of facts about heating oil to help answer a few of those questions!

Topics: Energy, Heating Oil, HVAC, History

5 Fun Facts about Propane

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/7/15 5:00 PM

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a gas that is typically compressed and stored as a liquid. It is a relatively new form of energy but it has an extremely interesting, although brief, history. Aside from its origins, there are many interesting things about propane that you may not know.

Topics: Propane, Energy, HVAC

Five Fall Energy Saving Tips

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/24/15 10:27 AM

Fall is officially here.  For many, in addition to the appearance of pumpkin spiced everything, this signals the end of the cooling season and in a couple of weeks, the first time you’ll turn on your heat.  There are a number of things to check before you fire up your long-dormant furnace.                                                                                    

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC

What is ENERGY STAR?

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/15/15 4:39 PM

Seeing the ENERGY STAR logo on appliances and computers is common. When you see that label, you know that the appliance will lower your home energy costs compared to other models. But there is a lot more to ENERGY STAR than a logo.

In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy created ENERGY STAR in the United States. It was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by the inefficient use of energy. The label also makes it easy for consumers to identify and purchase high-quality, energy-efficient products.

Topics: Energy, Home Efficiency

Nuclear Energy – Then and Now

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/10/15 8:38 AM

Of all the energy types we use, nuclear energy is one of the newest forms.  Although ancient Greek philosophers first came up with the idea that all of life is composed of invisible particles called “atoms,” it wasn’t until the 18th and 19th century that scientists really started to pursue the theory. In 1904, British physicist Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear science, wrote “If it were ever possible to control at will the rate of disintegration of the radio elements, an enormous amount of energy could be obtained from a small amount of matter.” He was correct.

Topics: Energy, Renewable Energy, History

Is An Annual Furnace Inspection Necessary?

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/2/15 11:01 AM

With winter approaching, now is the time to make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency for the season!  As the temperatures threaten to drop, it may not be something you consider a requirement if your furnace has been working fine. You may even be wondering if annual inspection this year is truly necessary.

A great way to look at it is to compare an annual inspection to maintaining your car. If you don’t take care of your vehicle, a lot of things will break down before you realize it. However, like a car, proper maintenance will give you a much longer life on your furnace. By some professional estimates, approximately 75% of all furnace breakdowns in the winter are a result of improper maintenance.  Energystar.gov and Energy.gov both agree that a yearly inspection is absolutely necessary to prolonging the life of your furnace.

Topics: Natural Gas, Propane, Heating Oil, HVAC

Unplug It!

Posted by Laura Bretz on 8/28/15 9:24 AM

Did you know that the average American family has approximately 40 different appliances that are left plugged in when they’re not in use? That number may seem high, but if you break it down room by room, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Your refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, toaster, coffee maker in the kitchen. You have a TV, cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, gaming consoles and lamps. Not to mention any laptops, docking stations, or any other mobile device chargers that you have. The number adds up quickly.  


Topics: Home Efficiency, Electricity

Energy in the United States – Renewable

Posted by Laura Bretz on 8/19/15 12:00 PM

There is no denying that petroleum, natural gas, and coal are the main sources of energy in the United States. With that in mind, it may come as a surprise that in 2014, approximately 10% of the energy consumed in the United States came from renewable sources. Renewables also account for approximately 13% of the nation’s total electricity production.

Topics: HVAC, Renewable Energy

Energy in the United States

Posted by Laura Bretz on 8/14/15 6:30 PM

Typically, not much thought is put into energy, where it comes from, and how it’s used.  Energy in all of its forms is part of everyday life and has a huge impact on the United States.  From President Obama’s rules on climate change to the ongoing debate over fracking and the Keystone XL pipeline, the topic of energy is brought up often.  Looking at the numbers of how Americans use their energy is both fascinating and shocking.

Topics: Natural Gas, Heating Oil, Electricity

Biofuel Energy - The Renewable Future

Posted by Laura Bretz on 8/10/15 12:00 PM

Biofuel Energy – The Renewable FutureThere is no doubt that fossil fuels are a finite resource that will run out one day.  It’s a commodity that takes millions of years to form, is difficult to get, and is not renewable.  When we’ve used all of the fossil fuels on the planet, it will be an extremely long time before we will be able to acquire more.  However, there are more options for fuel than using wood, solar, or electricity.  The one that has recently made headlines is biofuel.

 


 

Topics: Bioheat, Renewable Energy