Energy (IN)equality: A Problem in the U.S.

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 12/20/16 11:51 AM

Equality of all aspects is a hot topic of discussion both in the United States and around the world. Gender, marriage, and income just to name a few. A topic that is not often touched on, but of equal importance, is energy equality.

Topics: Natural Gas, Energy, Electricity

Green Electricity: 6 Facts You Need to Know

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 6/29/16 12:14 PM

The United States is among the top ten largest energy consumption per capita in the world. Non-renewable energy sources are depleting. It is time for us to gain an understanding of the alternative: what renewable energy is and why we should take advantage of it.

Topics: Electricity, Renewable Energy

5 Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Furnace

Posted by Laura Bretz on 2/23/16 9:00 AM

It's never too late (or too soon) to think about upgrading your furnace. There are a lot of signs to indicate that it's time for a replacement, but below are five of the easiest ways to tell that it's time to upgrade!

Topics: Natural Gas, Propane, Heating Oil, Electricity, HVAC

The Advantages of LED Holiday Lights

Posted by Laura Bretz on 11/23/15 9:00 AM

With the holiday’s right around the corner, looking at simple ways to save some money can be a high priority! There is no question that LED lights use less energy than their incandescent counterparts. Although incandescent lights may be cheaper to initially purchase, they end up costing you more in the long run.

The problem with incandescent strings of lights is that they burn hot, broke easily, and one broken or burnt-out bulb often causes the whole string to not light. Since they are painted glass, the color often doesn’t last and you can end up dull, dingy lights on your tree. Many people are opting to make the switch to LED lights and there are many reasons why.

Topics: Energy, Electricity, Electric bill

Stay Safe This Halloween!

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/27/15 4:16 PM

Trick-or-treating is a little over a week away! Soon, the streets will be full of kids going door-to-door to get candy and other goodies from their neighbors. While it’s not a “fun” part of this tradition, staying safe is extremely important. This goes for party hosts, parents, children in costumes, and especially motorists. Everyone needs to do their part to make sure every has a safe and fun night.

Topics: Electricity, Holidays

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/20/15 8:11 PM

When it starts getting colder and the snow starts to fall, the last thing you want to worry about is what to do if your home loses power. There are some easy steps you can take before a power outage occurs that will make the loss of power a little bit more bearable. The list below is some things we suggest doing in the event that if something happens, you won’t be totally in the dark.

Topics: Electricity, 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

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

Which household items are zapping your electric bill?

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 6/22/15 10:00 AM

Getting your monthly electricity bill can surely be a “shocking” experience if you have unknown costs racking up. Some of your biggest electric offenders are obvious; heating and air conditioning are the biggest energy vampires, sucking the money right out of your wallet. Others sneak up on you like the five pounds of unwanted weight you all of a sudden gained on your backside; after eating grandma’s dangerously delicious pound cake that you could’ve done without.

 


Topics: Electricity, Electric bill

Electrical Safety for Kids

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 5/20/15 4:47 PM


Whether you’re a parent of one or a grandparent of 15, your protective paternal instincts are constantly engaged. These concerns are never more prevalent than when your kids are playing around electrical equipment.

Topics: Electricity