Bringing the power of energy efficiency to more of our customers

Summit Plaza in Jersey City, New Jersey, is a four-building, 483-unit apartment complex that is home to mostly low-income families.

One of the most important missions for utilities going forward will be to help their customers develop low-cost, energy efficient options. Reducing the consumption of electricity and natural gas will provide a host of benefits – it will give customers access to new energy efficient technologies while also lowering their utility bills and reducing pollution and environmental impacts for years to come. Continue reading

What’s cooking this holiday? Savings!

Between buying gifts and hosting parties, it’s no secret that the holidays can be an expensive time of year. But, did you know that changes to your cooking routine can help you save money in the kitchen?  For example, slow cookers, pots, toaster ovens or warming plates use about half the energy of the average electric stove.

  1. Preheat the oven to the exact temperature you need. The oven won’t heat up any faster at a higher setting.
  2. Put lids on pots and pans to prevent heat loss.
  3. Turn off the oven 10 minutes early – the food will keep cooking as long as the door stays closed.
  4. No peeking! Whenever you open the oven door, the temperature drops by about 25 degrees.
  5. Always use glass or ceramic dishes if possible. They retain heat better and cook food faster.

Last but not least – when you’re ready to clean up, always make sure your dishwasher is full before running it. It’s more energy efficient.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Energy Efficiency Plays a Vital Role in the Hospital of the Future

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As the president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway, I have seen how the wonders of healthcare technology – like minimally invasive surgery equipment, diagnostic scanning devices and patient monitoring systems – can improve medical care and provide a more comfortable experience for  patients. Continue reading