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The Most Popular Electric Cars by State

by Amigo Energy | May 14, 2018 | Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Science and Technology

In this day and age, so many are involved in the ever-growing conversation about climate change and air quality that the issue has been catapulted to the forefront of the environmental movement, with no real long-term solution on the horizon (yet). However, the avenues you can take to lead a more sustainable life are plentiful—like…Read more

solar energy pros and cons

8 Solar Energy Pros and Cons that Might Surprise You

by Mike Strayer | March 29, 2018 | Renewable Energy, Science and Technology

Everything has pros and cons—even solar energy. Curious what could possibly be wrong with something that produces cleaner energy and lower electric bills? Well, you might be surprised. (Don’t worry, the pros outweigh the cons.) Read on to discover eight important advantages and disadvantages of solar energy. Solar Energy Pros Cleaner Energy As of 2016,…Read more

Is natural gas clean?

Is Natural Gas Clean?

by Mike Strayer | March 5, 2018 | Science and Technology

Over the past couple of decades, pundits and experts alike have claimed that natural gas is a clean fuel. But does that claim hold water (or gas, rather)? Some of the fossil fuel giant’s biggest critics think otherwise, going as far as to require advertisers to re-label natural gas “the least polluting fossil fuel.” In…Read more

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How Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs Compare to Incandescent Lighting

by Amigo Energy | April 6, 2017 | Energy Efficiency, Science and Technology, Uncategorized

Incandescent bulbs have been the standard in electric lighting since their invention. But as electricity costs rise across the United States, competition for this simple product has peaked, and a new crop of energy-efficient lightbulbs is slowly phasing out the incandescent bulb. Upgrading to fluorescent, LED, or halogen lightbulbs can help you cut costs on…Read more

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Smart vs. Programmable Thermostats

by Amigo Energy | February 23, 2017 | Energy Efficiency, Science and Technology, Tips and Tricks

Proper use of programmable thermostats can save around $180 per year on heating and cooling costs according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But let’s be honest—how many homeowners properly use programmable thermostats? These small devices can be complicated to use on the simplest of days, and program changes for Daylight Saving Time or school-less…Read more

green energy leaders in texas

7 Green Energy Leaders in Texas

by Amigo Energy | February 1, 2017 | Energy Efficiency, Science and Technology, Texas Energy, Tips and Tricks

Though you may not think of oil-country Texas as a green energy state, plenty of businesses, government organizations, and progressive individuals have become sustainability champions for the state. Texas, called a “Renewable Energy Pioneer” by the Wall Street Journal, actually has the most wind power capacity and the most solar potential of any state. It’s…Read more

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4 Ways a Smart Thermostat Can Save Energy

by Amigo Energy | January 26, 2017 | Energy Efficiency, Science and Technology, Tips and Tricks

Smart thermostats are the next generation of home technology. Not only are they sleek and smart, but they also provide a wealth of information about your home’s power use that can help you improve your overall energy efficiency.   Here are four ways a smart thermostat can help you conserve energy in your home. 1….Read more

Super Bowl Energy

Super Bowl LI in Houston : Billions of Watts and Millions of Dollars

by Amigo Energy | January 12, 2017 | Science and Technology, Texas Energy

From Janet Jackson’s notorious “wardrobe malfunction” to Beyoncé’s blackout performance in Nola, the Super Bowl never fails to electrify the American public—and we haven’t even mentioned the action before and after halftime. We know that people, including fans like you, put a lot of energy into the big game, but you may also be curious…Read more

Millenials changing the world

How Millennials Are Changing the Energy World

by Amigo Energy | September 12, 2016 | Science and Technology

Born after 1982, millennials tend to have a more progressive outlook towards social, cultural, economic, and religious affairs. In fact, this generational trend has had an impact on all of society, including most major industries—even the residential and commercial electricity industries have been impacted by millennials. But how exactly are millennials taking the energy world…Read more

The future of green energy

Environmentally Responsible Electric Power: The Energy of the Future

by Amigo Energy | September 12, 2016 | Renewable Energy, Science and Technology

It’s hard to miss it—ENERGY STAR® appliances, LED light bulbs, efficient refrigerator settings. It seems “going green” has become something of a household trend. In fact, it is feasible that we will have the means to power 80% of our country’s homes with renewable electricity by 2050. But what does that mean for us today?…Read more

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