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Shedding Some Light on Energy Costs

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energypricehikeBy now, you have probably heard that NStar has filed for a rate increase of around 29% for 2015.  If approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, the average residential customer’s bill will increase by about $28 a month as of January 1.

The utility blames the rate hike on the cost of buying electricity from power plants, which has soared because of an increased demand for natural gas used to generate electricity. More than half of New England’s electricity is now produced using natural gas.

This rate increase will be felt most keenly by homeowners whose rental homes have central air conditioning.  But whether you have central air or not, it’s more important than ever that we make our homes as energy efficient as possible.  You’ll find some great ideas on this post from a guest blogger from Cape Light Compact and another post from Home Depot.  And for some ideas for renewable energy projects, check out this post.

We’ll keep you posted as things unfold.  In the meantime, do you have any other energy-saving ideas to share?

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Joan Talmadge

Joan Talmadge - My husband Jeff and I created in 1997, shortly after buying our Cape home. My background includes teaching fifth grade for 8 years and writing and editing educational publications for 15. I get great joy from helping fellow homeowners successfully rent their homes. Jeff and I are proud to have two of our three grown children working for, truly a family-run business. For me, the Cape and Islands are magical all times of the year -- whether it's walking on Nauset Beach, playing golf, or enjoying family and friends. Email Joan