Myths Busted: Staying Warm During Cold Weather

Keeping warm is probably the biggest challenge of the winter, but home heating contributes to about half of your energy bill. To combat this, many people have followed some home heating myths that have actually hurt them. We’re here to help bust these myths and show you how you can keep warm and save money at the same time during cold weather.

MYTH — Save energy by keeping the heat off all day and night.

Especially in northern states, like Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and Ohio where there is a chance of your pipes freezing in the winter, turning off your heat completely is a really bad idea. Besides the possibility of a burst pipe, heating your home from a state where no heat has been used at all is more costly than keeping the temperature even.

MYTH — Fireplaces will save money over gas or electric heat.

In the

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Decrease in the Cost of Heating for Winter 2014

Winter is almost here and most of the United States started feeling the beginning chills last week, which led to heaters being cranked up. Heating accounts for about 50% of our energy bill in the winter, but there are ways to reduce the amount of money you’re spending to keep your house warm. In addition to that, crude oil has come down a fair amount recently and is expected to be lower than it was last year. This is going to go a long way toward keeping energy costs down this winter, even as much as a couple hundred dollars.

If you’re looking to keep warm while keeping your home’s energy use down at the same time, you’re in luck. A few simple steps can be taken to maximize the energy savings of your home in the winter. For starters, wearing more layers of clothing rather than cranking up the

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The Shopper’s Guide to Saving: Holiday Essentials

The biggest holidays of the year are coming up fast, and Source Power & Gas is here to give you a few tips on how to save some green this season on holiday essentials. One of the worst things we can do for a major holiday (or any major celebration) is wait until the last minute to start preparing. Having everything completed ahead of time will not only save you headaches, it will actually be cheaper in most cases.

Supplies
The holiday season certainly sees more than its fair share of food, from turkeys and ham to desserts. Baking supplies go pretty quick as we get closer to each holiday, so stocking up sooner rather than later will save you from trucking all over for the last pie crust in town. Grab sugar, spices, and everything nice that you’ll need to bake the perfect dessert early

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ERCOT Announces that Texas Electricity Reserves Look Good for the Winter

As we start heading into the winter months, it is good news to hear from the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) that energy reserves are in good supply. This winter is not expected to be as cold as last winter. Texas also has a larger generation capacity than it did in 2013, the 29th coldest winter in Texas, and doesn’t expect to reach the peak demand that it did last year.

For much of central Texas, temperatures will remain pretty close or just below normal this coming winter. Eastern and southern Texas will see temperatures a few degrees lower than normal, with the coldest temperatures being experienced in the Houston and Galveston areas. As far as precipitation goes, southern Texas from around San Antonio to Brownsville is expected to receive more than normal. Most of the central latitudes of Texas from Galveston to Dallas will be

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World Kindness Day: Making Someone’s Day Better

Have you ever been in line at your favorite coffee shop and the person ahead of you paid for your purchase? Maybe someone held a door open for you? If you’ve ever been in a situation where someone completely unknown to you put a smile on your face just for the sake of seeing you smile, you’ve experienced a moment that World Kindness Day is all about.

The World Kindness Movement officially launched in Singapore on November 18, 2000, and has been a source of inspiration in its 17 member nations all over the world. How can you participate in the World Kindness Movement? Be kind! The objectives of the movement are to bring awareness and share the experience of kindnesses all over the world. There are a lot of ways to be actively involved and spread kindness to anyone that you meet.

If you tend to

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Smart Home: The Technology Making This a Reality

If you’ve been dreaming of a smart home like those seen in countless science fiction films, the future is not far off. Five technologies we have today can contribute to the home of tomorrow. As our world becomes more interconnected, we gain the ability to remotely operate devices in our homes, even when we are away. With this technology, the future of smart homes could make life a little bit easier for everyone.

Just about everyone has a smartphone these days. This little device can serve as the central hub of controlling your entire home. It can easily control the many devices in our home, from televisions to light bulbs. Any one of the most recent phones from major manufactures would be more than capable of managing your home smart systems, even while on the go.

Smart televisions have provided consumers with an all-in-one platform for entertainment

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Game Changing Life Hacks for Your Electronics

Ever feel like your electronics are mocking you? Your phone won’t stand up when you’re trying to watch a video on it, earbud headphones keep getting tangled in your pocket, or maybe you’re just looking for a decorative way to cover your tablet or charge your phone without leaving it on the floor at a party. Whatever it is, we have a few life hacks to change the way you use your favorite gadgets.

Charging Cord Saver — The wires of chargers for small devices, especially iPhones, iPods, and iPads, have a tendency to fray and break near the device plug end. By wrapping an old pen spring around the wire, it will stay more rigid and be less likely to break.

Earbuds

— Wrapping – Trying to keep your earbuds wound tight without getting them hopelessly tangled in your pocket can be a pain. If you

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Daylight Saving Time: Does It Really Help You Save?

Sunday marked the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and we all probably enjoyed an extra hour of sleep that morning. While we spring forward and fall back every year, have you ever researched or wondered what is being “saved” during Daylight Saving Time? The amount of daylight doesn’t actually change, only the time frame we experience it, so are we actually saving anything?

The modern concept and iteration of Daylight Saving Time was first proposed in 1895 by an entomologist in New Zealand named George Vernon Hudson. Another man, William Willett of England independently proposed an idea for DST in 1905. Hudson proposed setting clocks two hours ahead, thus extending the after-work daylight hours. Willett proposed the idea after witnessing many Londoners sleeping away the day.

All of the United States except Arizona and Hawaii observe DST, but 67% of people surveyed in Utah are looking

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Trick OR Treat: Shedding a Light on Electricity Incentives

Does shopping for electricity sound like a trick or a treat to you? If you said “trick”, we really couldn’t blame you. Since the deregulation of the energy market, consumers took on the power to choose their electricity plan rather than have one set by the utility. This means that several companies can compete for your business. Unfortunately, not all companies play fair.

At Source Power & Gas, we believe the customer should be treated well. You should have several options available for energy plans so that you can choose one that fits your lifestyle. This includes varying contract lengths and green energy plans. In addition, we believe in providing higher quality service by means of making bill payments simple. We don’t charge you for speaking with a representative, taking a payment by phone, or running a soft credit check.

Some energy companies may try

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Energy Vamps and Phantom Load – Sucking Up Your Electricity

If you turned off every appliance and electronic device in your home, then checked the electricity meter, you’d find it still ticking away pretty steadily. If everything is off, it should stop, right? Unfortunately, just because a device is turned off, doesn’t mean it’s not drawing power. This is known as the phantom load or vampire effect. You see, the devices draw a current even while they are off; they are ready to be turned on and booted up at a moment’s notice.

When the devices are off, they are drawing less energy than they would if they were powered up, but the fact remains that they are constantly consuming electricity. The only true way to combat this phantom load is to cut power to the device entirely. By unplugging the device, you cut its tie to the food source that is electricity. Entertainment centers have a

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