New home for state’s under-used smart meter website?

New home for state’s under-used smart meter website?

Like the unluckiest dog at the animal shelter, an under-utilized website intended to help Texans reduce their energy consumption is having a hard time finding adoptive parents. The website, SmartMeterTexas.com, is currently operated by a coalition of transmission and...
Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

A long-delayed program intended to deliver high-tech energy savings to low-income Texans may finally be getting back on track. But questions remain — including whether large numbers of low-income Texans will avail themselves of the new technology. The devices included...
Electric Deals Pay Customers for Conservation

Electric Deals Pay Customers for Conservation

Smart meters — that is, those automated electric meters that measure energy consumption at homes and businesses — cost Texans between $2 and $3 every month. Although electric utilities long have advocated for them, the benefits never included much by the way of...
That sucking sound? Vampire devices drawing power

That sucking sound? Vampire devices drawing power

Not using that coffee maker? Turn it off and unplug it. The same goes for your computer and your fax machine. Like vampires, household appliances quietly suck up electricity while you sleep and while you’re away at work.  This is true even if you’ve completely shut...
Warning: TXU’s "Free" Power May Cost You

Warning: TXU’s "Free" Power May Cost You

  TXU marked an important milestone not long ago. In a press release, the state’s largest electric retailer announced that nearly 100,000 Texans had signed up for one of the company’s free electricity deals. You heard that right: free electricity. Under a variety...