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Consider this when doing a Sustainable Retrofit

Consider this when doing a Sustainable Retrofit

Sitting at home in the summer heat, your mind may start to wander to that fancy new air conditioner. But when it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple retrofits that will set you on the path to comfort and sustainability. As we spend more than ever on maintaining and improving our homes, we’re also becoming more aware of how their design and use impact on our health and society. Add to this climate change and rising energy costs. 

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Booming Renewables

Booming Renewables

Buyer Beware. Falling costs and increasing adoption are wonderful news for clean energy, but now is not the time for celebration. A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy suggests that the costs of renewable technologies are tumbling, and with it their adoptions soaring. But despite the good news, we can’t become complacent.

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Sense home energy monitor

Sense home energy monitor

The Sense home energy monitor lets you understand what every appliance, light, and device in your house has to say. Be informed. Listen to your home. Track energy usage like a grocery receipt: item by item. Know where your money is going. Power is knowledge. Be more efficient than your neighbors. See which appliances use the most energy and how they stack up to other homes. Track watts like footsteps.

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Clean Power for Pennsylvania

Clean energy is creating more jobs than fossil fuels and will protect the commonwealth from the worst effects of climate change. This month marks the first anniversary of the Clean Power Plan, the first major effort by a president to begin the long process of reducing our use of fossil fuels and moving us toward clean renewable energy. As a small business owner in the energy efficiency/ renewable-energy industry for 11 years, I have a vested interest in helping homeowners and businesses become more energy-efficient. But we all have a vested interest in transitioning to a renewable-energy economy, and companies…

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Switching From Coal to Renewable Energy

Oregon: Replacing coal-fired electricity with ever-cheaper wind and solar power will raise utility rates just 0.1 percent by 2030. Oregon may have a reputation for rainy weather, but the outlook for the renewable energy there is definitely sunny. Earlier this year the state passed legislation that requires utilities to stop generating electricity from coal by 2030. At the time, one of Oregon’s two main energy utilities, Pacific Power, predicted that the switch to renewables would come with a fairly high cost, hitting customers with a rate increase of 0.8 percent per year through 2030. That’s a cumulative increase of about 12 percent over the…

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Saltwater Fuels this Power Generator

Gaze at the end of a river, where saltwater and freshwater meet. It may not look like anything, but new research suggests this could be a massive source of electricity. Imagine a tub divided in half by a semi-permeable membrane. On one side of the membrane, the tub is filled with saltwater. On the other side, it is filled with freshwater. Molecules from the freshwater side will squeeze through the membrane to dilute the salty side (such is water’s love of equilibrium). This process is called osmosis.

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Your Air-Conditioner is bad for the planet

Your Air-Conditioner is bad for the planet

We may be in the clear when it comes to heat domes, but it’s still really hot. More than half of the country has had temperatures in the 90s in the last week, prompting many people to find relief in the cool, crisp breeze of an air-conditioner. But in the next few years, the way air-conditioners work could change. Last month, representatives from nearly 200 countries worked on a new environment agreementto regulate the use of HFCs, or hydrofluorocarbons. These chemical compounds are responsible for keeping you cool on hot summer days, in air-conditioners and refrigerators. And even though you might not have heard…

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Ten ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

Ten ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux fight the Dakota Access Pipeline

One of the most important actions of our time is taking place right now.  The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and thousands of Native and non-Native allies are peacefully camping near the junction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers, to protect the water from contamination.  These are the waters that the Tribe relies on for its water supply.  Water is life, water is sacred. This is a non-violent gathering to pray and to stand up for life, named the Camp of the Sacred Stones. But construction has already begun on the Dakota Access Pipeline, meant to carry fracked crude oil from the Bakken plains…

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Sewage in Pennsylvania to Power in Maine

Sewage in Pennsylvania to Power in Maine

A Maine company has set its sights on Pennsylvania as a good place to burn poop. Casella Organics, which finds uses for organic wastes that don’t involve shoveling the stinky stuff into landfills, has told Pennsylvania regulators it wants to dry sewage sludge into pellets and bring them into Pennsylvania to be used as fuel at coal-fired power plants. This would be Casella’s first foray into the biosolids-as-powerplant-fuel concept and it comes from the company’s desire to diversify, said Jen McDonnell, director of sales and marketing.

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Buy renewable energy from Apple

Buy renewable energy from Apple

A new renewable energy coalition started up the same day technology pioneer and iPhone maker Apple received federal approval to begin selling renewable electricity on Saturday. The group’s first mission appears to be getting behind Apple as a harbinger of things to come and a warning to coal utilities.

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