November 27, 2022

Embodied Carbon: Reduce Your Home’s Hidden Carbon Footprint

Operational carbon is usually what we think of when energy costs are discussed. That is, carbon emissions that come from the energy used to power our homes, cars, etc. over their lifetime. Your home’s energy efficiency comes into play here. Generally, operational carbon emissions can be modeled and predicted, so you can compare one appliance […]

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November 2, 2022

7 Simple Steps to Decarbonize Your Home

With carbon emissions reaching an all-time high, it is important to discuss how we, as a global community, can minimize the carbon load of our buildings. As of March 29th of 2019, we surpassed over 410 ppm (parts per million) of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. To put this into perspective, our sea levels […]

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April 21, 2022

Join the Movement, Make a Difference: Electrify Your Home

Concerned about climate change? The time for climate action is now, and the place is in your own home and garage -- in 11 easy steps.

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April 21, 2022

Tackling Embodied Carbon in Retrofits

Because emissions are cumulative and we have a limited amount of time to reduce them, carbon reductions now have more value than carbon reductions in the future. Learn three critical strategies and practical tips for achieving near-term carbon reductions in retrofits.

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March 9, 2022

The Zero Carbon Renovation Revolution  Has Arrived

Over 75 million existing homes in the U.S. are dependent on fossil fuels for heating, hot water, and cooking. If we want to achieve carbon neutrality, renovating these homes on the path to zero is a significant and urgent challenge.

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January 14, 2022

Energy Math

Solving the Math Challenges on the Way to a Clean Energy Future

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January 14, 2022

Net-Zero vs Passive House: What are the Similarities and Differences?

Hint: The Answer Goes Beyond Green Building Buzz Words

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May 6, 2021

How to Decarbonize the American Household

There’s still time to slow the impact of climate change, but America must act… and fast. This requires a rapid shift to using electric power for everything from household equipment to personal transportation. There’s good news. If done correctly, the transition can save everyone money and create more jobs. We can choose: crisis or opportunity. 

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April 15, 2021

Climate Solutions 101 

This six-video mini course from Project Drawdown presents a comprehensive overview of available solutions to the climate crisis. The entire set of videos runs only 90 minutes and is packed with facts, making it a great resource for teachers, decision makers, and just about everyone. Unlike many other attempts to describe the climate crisis, these videos are focused on the positive climate actions we can take and it reveals a few surprising facts.

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February 8, 2021

Now, a More Climate-Friendly Spray Foam

Spray foam is used enthusiastically by many builders hoping to improve energy performance of their projects. But the hidden climate impact of conventional 2-pound, closed- cell foam is actually a huge step backward. A new generation of low global warming potential spray foam corrects this fatal flaw.

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January 11, 2021

Community Solar: My Experience

Rooftop solar may be ideal for some, but it can be out of reach for others. If you want to live on locally-generated, clean renewable energy, consider a community solar program. Here’s how one family jumped on board and saved money, too.

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January 8, 2021

Heat Pump Clothes Dryers — Ready for Prime Time

There is an elephant in the utility room. Clothes dryers have big energy appetites. As homes go all-electric, switching to heat pump technology for clothes drying will save energy and reduce carbon emissions, while reducing the wear and tear on your clothes.

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