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!

A Plant Grows in Woodbridge

Stop by the Sewaren 7 construction site in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, and you’ll experience the hustle and bustle of a staggering volume of activity – massive machinery moving dirt, cement being poured, sparks flying from welders’ guns. On any given day, you will find between 450 and 500 skilled workers building what will soon be the most efficient, clean, state-of-the-art gas generation plant in the Garden State.

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Fuel Diversity: Guaranteeing Reliable, Affordable Energy

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As days grow colder, many New Jersey families are relying on natural gas to keep their homes warm and comfortable.

Increasingly, in many parts of the U.S., we’re also turning to inexpensive, abundant natural gas to generate the electricity that powers our homes and businesses.

In New Jersey, we traditionally have relied on a diverse mix of fuel to generate electricity – about half our energy has come from nuclear, with the remaining  split between  natural gas and coal, and more recently a small but growing amount of solar (currently in the range of 4 percent) . Continue reading

PSE&G and EDF “Google It”

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Natural gas leaks are a persistent challenge for utility companies. Like other utilities, PSE&G monitors its system carefully, and fixes any leaks that pose a safety risk quickly. But other leaks that don’t pose an immediate hazard can linger while companies work their way through upgrading thousands of miles of old infrastructure. When these non-hazardous leaks add up, however, they create an environmental concern. That’s because methane – the main ingredient in natural gas – has more than 84 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year timeframe.

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Utility Work Ahead

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Detours are an inevitable byproduct of a critical project that’s ramping up across our service area right now. PSE&G is speeding up the replacement of its aging gas infrastructure, which means more of our crews will be in more towns digging in streets and replacing pipes.

No doubt, the work is disruptive. But it has to be done, now is the time to do it, and here’s why:

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