The Starion Energy Blog

Small Energy Saving Tips That Can Lead to Big Cost Savings

It seems like everyone is going green these days, and for good reason. Reducing your personal environmental impact isn't just about hopping on a trendy bandwagon, it can also be a matter of self-preservation.   Energy reduction isn't rocket science, but energy conservation can seem complicated, especially if you're new to all things environmental. The reality is that conserving energy can be a whole lot easier than you think. You don't have to take drastic measures such as composting, buying an electric car, or completely changing your lifestyle in order to experience major energy savings! By being mindful and practicing of a few simple energy saving tips, you can save on energy costs in some pretty impressive ways. Here are three small energy saving tips that have a big impact! Keep…

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4 Easy Ways You Can Save Energy in Your Own Home

It goes without saying that in some cases, a homeowner's least favorite day of the month is when the energy bills arrive. Even in this era of low energy costs, all that smartphone charging and central air conditioning adds up. But while many people complain about high energy costs, few will do anything to decrease their energy usage.Well, there's no time like the present to save energy in your home. You might be at a loss as to how to do that, but we've got you covered. Saving money on energy costs isn't as complicated as you likely think, nor does it have to involve a total renovation of your home. Here are four simple tips that can help you save energy in your home and bid adieu to those ridiculously high energy bills. Use cold water Washing your clothes in cold water might be unpleasant…

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What Are Renewable Energy Credits?

Renewable energy credits are tradable, non-tangible green energy "currency" that can be purchased or bartered by a company. Each credit represents one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity, which is equal to 1,000 kilowatt-hours.How Does This Work? Before energy can be bought or traded, it must be produced. Power generation by independent renewable energy companies is sold to the nearest area energy suppliers. From there, it is distributed through the grid to all utility customers. In 2015, hydro-power accounted for 6% of all power generation in the U.S., but it's unlikely that any energy customers knew that. There is no telling where the energy will go or whom the energy will benefit. It goes to the closest person in range who decides to flip their light switch or turn on their coffee maker.…

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Debunking the Biggest Solar Power Myths

Solar power generation may be growing at an incredible rate, but there is still a lot of misinformation floating around about the nature of this renewable energy. Below are four solar energy myths and the realities behind each.You can't generate enough solar energy to efficiently power your entire house This is entirely false. In fact, solar has proven to be more efficient than fossil fuels and many other resources. When fossil fuels are used to generate power, a good deal of that energy is lost as it is transferred to its destination. On the other hand, when you create solar power, all of that energy is used one way or another. Solar panels only work in hot climates Actually, most solar panels work best in cold, sunny climates. In lower temperatures, conductivity increases, allowing electricity…

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Costa Rica Runs Almost Exclusively on Green Energy -- Why Don't We?

While many companies around the world are making a conscious effort to use fewer fossil fuels, finding available alternative forms of energy has proved difficult.But while companies struggle to transition to green energy in 2016, an entire country nearly succeeded in doing so. Costa Rica reported ran its entire country on exclusively renewable energy for 250 days last year, according to the country's power operator. Its main power source -- hydropower -- is driven by the country's heavy seasonal rains as well as the power of the surrounding rivers. In all, hydropower provided 98.1% of all energy to the country. The remaining 1.9% was provided by fossil fuels. Shockingly, Costa Rica was even greener in 2015, when 98.9% of the country's energy usage was generated by renewable sources. So what…

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