High Electric Bills Get Ready for Another Energy Price Spike: High Electric Bills

Rates have jumped because of a surge in natural gas prices and could keep rising rapidly for years as utilities invest in electric grids.

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Utility Bills Piled Up During the Pandemic. Will Shut-offs Follow?

Moratoriums have expired on turning off utilities for customers who have failed to pay their bills, prompting fears that thousands could be left in the dark.

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How Europeans Are Responding to Exorbitant Gas and Power Bills

High energy prices in Europe are upending people’s lives. While some are installing solar panels, others are stoking their wood-burning stoves.

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How Tech Can (and Can’t) Help You Fight Soaring Energy Bills

Thermostats like Nest go a long way toward helping you use less energy, but the real problem-solvers are people.

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How the Site of a Bronx Fire Became a Haven for Gambians

Abdoulie Touray is believed to have been the first Gambian to move into 333 E. 181st Street. He drew scores of compatriots to the building where 17 died in a fire.

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Using a City’s Excess Heat to Reduce Emissions

A district in London has developed an innovative way to divert subway heat for buildings to lower carbon emissions. Other cities are getting creative, as well.

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Fight Over Gas Stoves and Furnaces in the Effort to Slow Climate Change

New York is the latest Democratic city aiming to fight climate change by ushering out stoves and furnaces that run on gas in favor of electric alternatives. But Republican states and the gas industry are fighting back.

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N.Y.C.’s Gas Ban Takes Fight Against Climate Change to the Kitchen

New York is set to become the nation’s largest city to enact a ban on gas heat and stoves in new buildings. It’s a major step away from fossil fuels that is expected to influence wider markets.

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One-year jump in energy prices is a big factor in inflation’s jump.

Energy prices rose by one-third in the last year, and 6.8 percent in November alone, but there are recent signs of relief.

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How to Save Money on Your Winter Heating Bills

Start with insulating the attic and turning down the thermostat at night. And there’s always your father’s advice: Wear a sweater.

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Winter Heating Bills Loom as the Next Inflation Threat

After plunging during the pandemic as the economy slowed, energy prices have roared upward. Washington is already moving to offer homeowners relief.

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A Nuclear-Powered Shower? Russia Tests a Climate Innovation.

A remote Siberian town now has its own miniature nuclear plant as a Russian state company tests a new model for residential heating. Some see it as a tool to minimize climate change.

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California’s Plan to Make New Buildings Greener Will Also Raise Costs

A recent building code change for new construction could reduce emissions by requiring use of solar panels and batteries, raising prices in an already expensive state.

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Are ‘Heat Pumps’ the Answer to Heat Waves? Some Cities Think So.

Electric heat pumps are a way to cool and heat homes at a much lower carbon cost than traditional air-conditioners and furnaces.

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To Fight Climate Change, Replace Fossil Fuels at Home and Work

To slow global warming, we need to electrify vast parts of our economy and power it with clean energy.

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Texas Power Grid Run by ERCOT Set Up the State for Disaster

Texas has refused to join interstate electrical grids and railed against energy regulation. Now it’s having to answer to millions of residents who were left without power in last week’s snowstorm.

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His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.

After a public outcry from people like Scott Willoughby, whose exorbitant electric bill is soon due, Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers should ensure Texans “do not get stuck with skyrocketing energy bills” caused by the storm.

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When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

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The Daily: Climate Change and the Texas Blackouts

One of the worst winter storms in years has plunged large parts of the United States into a deadly energy crisis. It may be a glimpse of America’s future.

#energy-and-power, #global-warming, #heating, #infrastructure-public-works, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #temperature, #texas

Texas Winter Storm Leads to Power Outages and Angry Residents

“I’m kind of angry,” said one man whose family has been without power since Monday. A winter storm caused physical damage to the electrical grid’s infrastructure as well as a surge in demand.

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A Glimpse of the Future in Texas: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids

Systems are designed to handle spikes in demand, but the wild and unpredictable weather linked to global warming will very likely push grids beyond their limits.

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Safety Tips for Using a Space Heater

The tiny radiators, while useful, cause thousands of fires and hundreds of deaths each year. Here are some tips to stay safe while you stay warm.

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As Winter Arrives, Heaters Become a Survival Tool for Businesses

A rise in demand for heating equipment has left some products back-ordered for months, possibly jeopardizing prospects for some businesses of getting through the pandemic intact.

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Outdoor Heaters Seem Like a Huge Waste. Are They Really?

Here are facts about heaters (for outside and inside) and climate change.

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Heated Car Seats Are an Antidote to Our Grief

They deliver a pleasure both maternal and sensual, cocooning you like a child in the lap of some warm, benevolent bear.

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Don’t Wait to Deck Out Your Back Porch

The pandemic has many people thinking about how they’ll spend time outside as the weather cools, meaning favorites items may soon be in short supply.

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