13 Safety Tips for Homeowners This Halloween

13 Safety Tips for Homeowners This Halloween

Many people look forward to Halloween’s yummy treats, sneaky tricks and creative costumes. While it can be a delightful celebration, there is always a risk of things going awry. But don’t fret – follow our 13 tips for Halloween safety to keep your home and guests happy, safe and ready for this year's festivities.

Five Sustainable Apple-Picking Destinations for Fall

Five Sustainable Apple-Picking Destinations for Fall

Summer is officially over and fall festivities are beginning. Whether you enjoy hikes in the mountains or hayrides on a farm, there is one activity that embodies all that is fall: apple picking. The Grow Organic Apples Holistic Orchard Network is a collection of organic apple growers across the United States, parts of Canada and South Australia. The network believes in sustainable farming that focuses on an orchard's holistic health. Check out a few sustainable orchards from the Holistic Orchard Network below (and enjoy fresh picked apples)!

Pack Your Favorite Trail Mix and Explore Texas Trails

Pack Your Favorite Trail Mix and Explore Texas Trails

Every adventurer needs to fuel a long hike with a snack. If you’re about to set off on a short walk or a more difficult rock climb, you’re going to need to pack something to give yourself much needed energy. No matter whether you’re going with your family or if you’re going solo, check out the following parks with scenic trails and the SaveOnEnergy.com® team’s favorite trail mix recipes.

Understanding Your Electricity Bill

Understanding Your Electricity Bill

When you first look at your bill, you’ll see several lines such as your monthly supply rate charge, base charge (if you have one), transmission and delivery charges and sales taxes. The “total amount due” line is probably the first thing your eye goes to, but it’s important to understand why you’re paying what you’re paying. 

Which Thermostat Should You Use?

Which Thermostat Should You Use?

It should come as no surprise that a household’s heating and air conditioning accounts for almost half of its energy consumption. While your old, standard thermostat might do a satisfactory job at controlling your home’s desired temperature, a smart or programmable thermostat could do the same and maybe save you money.

Piezoelectric Roads Coming to California

Piezoelectric Roads Coming to California

In 2011, Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles proposed piezoelectric projects on California freeways, but Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the piece of legislation. However, the California Energy Commission was asked to further research this project and has now announced it would fund multiple projects throughout the state.

Technology Can Help Decrease Energy Usage

Technology Can Help Decrease Energy Usage

As we have moved forward in time, technology has helped create a more environmentally conscious perspective on energy consumption. And as time continues to move forward, we hope to see further improvements to technology that will help save even more energy at home and on the road.

How to Become a Green Grill Master

How to Become a Green Grill Master

Cooking with an open flame is a tried-and-true method of making a home cooked meal for your family and friends. Learning about which kind of grill is the most sustainable isn’t as hard as it may seem, but SaveOnEnergy.com® is here to help you find the best equipment for your green grilling weekend. Check out the following list of grills and see which type is the most eco-friendly.

Stay Green While Eating Al Fresco

Stay Green While Eating Al Fresco

With summer in full swing, going outside and enjoying Mother Nature with friends or family is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. Planning a fun picnic is a favorite past-time when the weather is nice, but this popular activity can potentially have a big impact on the environment if you’re not careful. Instead of drinking out of disposable cups, using plastic ware or accidentally leaving behind trash (no one wants to be a litter bug), think about ways you can be more eco-friendly the next time you eat outdoors. If you want to be green, check out the following list of Earth-friendly products for your next picnic.

Six Green Gadgets You Wish You Already Owned

No one likes to be behind the curve when it comes to technology. Who isn’t impressed by a car that can drive itself or a watch that can track your health? However, being ahead of the curve isn’t always about super expensive devices that can perform humanly impossible tasks. Sometimes when technology meets your environmental side, interest peaks and you want that cool, new green gadget. Below are six devices that are both good for you and the environment

June Company Spotlight: United By Blue

June Company Spotlight: United By Blue

No matter if you’re shopping for grooming accessories, a new jacket, coffee beans or camping supplies, United By Blue can help you shop responsibly. Founded in 2010, the online marketplace works to remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways per each product sold. The company also has brick and mortar stores; its first location opened in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia in 2013. What makes United By Blue unique in the world of business is that the company is the one making an impact – not necessarily its money. Instead of accepting donations or writing checks like many for-profit businesses, United By Blue fulfills its pledge to improve the environment through company-organized, hands-on cleanups

Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas

Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas

Moving is an inevitable rite of passage. Whether you’re moving across town, across counties or to another state, relocating is a part of life that everyone experiences – this is especially true for young adults entering their careers and/or starting a family. For anyone who wants to become a Texan, no matter your age or profession, we have a list of the top 20 fastest growing Texas cities that you could soon be calling home.

Top Places in Texas to View Meteor Showers

Top Places in Texas to View Meteor Showers

If you have ever looked up at the sky and saw shooting stars, then you witnessed meteoroids entering the Earth's atmosphere. Often small, meteors form from a comet that circles the sun in an askew and elongated orbit that zips past Earth and other planets. Since a comet consists of ice, dust and other space particles, when it passes the sun it begins to release gas as ice, and particles start to melt off its surface. This debris of gas and space rock gives-way and detaches from the comet, forming what we refer to as a meteoroid.

10 Green Gifts for Recent Graduates

10 Green Gifts for Recent Graduates

Graduation is a special time of year for young adults that's full of pomp and circumstance and uncharted territory. Graduates are embarking on a new era of their lives and it’s tradition to send them off with a sentimental or practical gift. If you’re trying to figure out what to get your favorite graduate, but want it to be greener than the average present, then check out the following 10 gifts

Does Solar Power Save Energy?

Does Solar Power Save Energy?

Harnessing energy from the sun to power everyday lives is an exciting prospect that is already true for many homes and businesses. However, understanding how it works isn’t as widespread, and the benefits of solar energy can be misconstrued. Renewable energy and green technology are areas where many people have questions, but one main question is, “Does solar power save energy?”

May Company Spotlight: Brilliant Earth

May Company Spotlight: Brilliant Earth

Finding conflict-free, ethically sourced engagement and wedding rings is a feat many engaged people may have found difficult to attain until Beth Gerstein and Eric Grossberg founded Brilliant Earth. Gerstein said  she experienced the difficulty of finding conflict-free jewelry that represented her love and values, and co-founder Grossberg was passionate about researching ways responsibly sourced jewelry could benefit developing countries. When the two joined forces to create Brilliant Earth in 2005, a commitment to social change and improvement of labor and environmental standards was cultivated. As Brilliant Earth states, “We believe that high quality, fine jewelry need not come at a great human or environmental cost.”

Just Energy Partners Its Smart Thermostat with Amazon Echo

Just Energy Partners Its Smart Thermostat with Amazon Echo

With summer just around the corner, things are starting to heat up in the retail energy industry. Just Energy, a SaveOnEnergy.com® partner provider, announced its ecobee3 smart thermostat is now fully integrated with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service capable devices. Just Energy is the first energy provider to integrate with Alexa, and its Texas customers can sign up for its smart thermostat today. The ecobee3 is also compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, Wink, SmartThings and many more home automation devices and applications.

How to Make Your Own Mini Egg Garden

How to Make Your Own Mini Egg Garden

If you have a green thumb or consider yourself an artisan, creating unique crafts that incorporate plants should be up your alley. Silent Divine, an online plant shop based out of Charlotte, N.C., showed the SaveOnEnergy.com® team how to upcycle eggshells and broken succulent stems to make a mini garden that can help eliminate waste. Check out how to turn the eggs you’ve used for baking into a cute and easy-to-make craft.