Glacial Energy Blog

Quickest Way to Improve Energy Efficiency

What do you believe is the quickest and easiest ways to improve energy efficiency in your facility?   Many proponents of alternative energy would have you believe that solar panels and wind turbines are one of the best ways to go Green and improve energy efficiency.  I do not want to knock solar panels and wind [...]

Energy Saving Tips: Home Appliances

Individuals in the market for new appliances are often guided to purchase Energy Star rated units, but if you are not in the market for new appliances, or you don’t have the money to run out and buy something new, review these simple energy saving tips. By using your home appliances efficiently, you can lower [...]

Electric Future: Solar Energy

In the country that invented the solar panel, solar energy still only produces less than 1 percent of U.S. electricity. But as the price of solar power continues to fall and as states, such as California, mandate that a third of all power come from renewables by 2020, solar energy could become a major player [...]

Saving Energy, and Money, in the Workplace

We can all help to conserve energy and save money at our workplaces by implementing some quick and easy changes in our work habits and becoming more conscious about our working environments. Some helpful hints include: Electronics and Appliances Maintain all electrical equipment in optimum condition by scheduling regular servicing to ensure it is kept [...]

Do It Yourself: Home Energy Use Assessment

Whether clipping coupons or shopping the best deals online, smart shoppers understand the value of saving a buck. As a thrifty consumer, have you considered other ways to save money in your household? Your electric bill can be a source of savings, if you know what to look for and how to make small changes [...]

Myth or Fact: Smart Meters

Although there has been some skepticism, Smart Meters are already starting to change the way people use and manage their electricity. Some myths about Smart Meters include:  Myth: Smart Meters can turn off appliances in your home without your permission. Fact: Smart meters do not identify electrical devices in the home or record when they [...]

Myth or Fact: Electricity Deregulation

Since the electricity market was deregulated several years ago, residents in cities participating in this emerging competitive market have enjoyed their power to choose retail electric providers. Electricity deregulation has been a success despite the abundance of several detractors, most of which are coming from areas and states where the implementation of energy deregulation has [...]

The History of Energy

History of Electricity Deregulation

Beginning with the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act, the United States started eliminating many layers of economic regulation that had placed industries under strict government overseers.  The latest industry to feel the forces of deregulation is electricity. For most of the 20th century, one company generated the electricity, transported it to the local retailer and distributed [...]

What’s the Difference: Fixed or Variable Rate Plans

The commercial and residential electricity market is full of choices that can save consumers money, time and hassle. The key to understanding these choices begins with understanding the basic rate plans that are offered by most electric companies: fixed rate plans and variable rate plans. Fixed Rate Plans A Fixed Rate Plan is a rate [...]

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