energy consumption

Natural Gas Price Down 29% in a Month

Because of the way natural gas and electric utilities are regulated, customers won't likely see the recent drop reflected in their bills right away.

US May Not Need Middle East Oil For Very Long

Between cries of "Drill Baby, Drill" and the near-constant drone about our "reliance on foreign oil," you might think that the U.S. is in an energy crisis. But in fact, our reliance on imported oil has been declining since 2005, and trends in energy production and consumption look encouraging.

Putting Energy-Hog Buildings on a Strict Diet

Cutting energy use inside buildings -- both commercial and residential -- has become a hot market for a growing number of technology companies, from giants such as General Electric and Intel to Silicon Valley startups. And the federal government is an eager booster.

Investment Surge Powers Up Smart-Grid Tech

eMeter, which makes software for monitoring energy use, is the latest smart-grid tech startup to garner significant investment -- $12.5 million worth. With old electricity grids being replaced with smart ones, investors -- and tech giants like Google and Cisco -- are surging into the sector.