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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Kill two birds with one ... mini-split!

Mini-splits are the multi-tools of HVAC. They can heat, they can cool, and they are very modular -- you can put in as few or as many as you want, where you want....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 28, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, 3 hours ago | 15 comments | 3760 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Demystifying heat pump water heaters

There is a surprising amount of water heater inertia in our area -- we are clinging to old-style heaters. I’ve been scratching my head about it. Mid-peninsula...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 17, 2021
Last comment by Kopernikas Green, on Mar 4, 2021 at 6:50 am | 26 comments | 8936 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Polar vortexes and clean energy in the Upper Midwest

Given the awful power grid mess in Texas, it’s interesting to look at the ongoing electricity planning discussions for the Upper Midwest. In the summer of...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 21, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 27, 2021 at 4:06 pm | 8 comments | 4947 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

What does it mean to be a "realist" about climate?

I recently tuned into a city discussion about reducing local emissions. Senior Resource Planner Jonathan Abendschein was giving a progress update on his team’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 14, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm | 21 comments | 5009 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How a 1960s apartment complex is going green

Sunshine Gardens Apartments in Mountain View is a modest two-story 44-unit complex, with ten 1960s-vintage buildings circling a small pool. Tenants at this complex...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 7, 2021
Last comment by A, on Feb 8, 2021 at 11:54 am | 4 comments | 7386 Views

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California must fix its expensive and unfair electricity pricing

Back in the olden days, when we used to go places, I enjoyed travelling to visit my sister in Minneapolis. I would take lots of scenic pictures -- lakes! -- but...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 31, 2021
Last comment by Mark, on Feb 3, 2021 at 5:47 pm | 11 comments | 6527 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Will you save money with a heat pump water heater?

==I This is the second post in a two-part series about heat pump waters heaters. The first post is

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 24, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 25, 2021 at 12:03 pm |
6 comments | 6519 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Offsetting your 2020 emissions

For the last 4-5 years, at the end of the year, I’ve been offsetting our household’s carbon emissions. It's easy and not too expensive. In fact, it's...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 13, 2020
Last comment by Palo Alto Green, on Jan 24, 2021 at 6:23 pm | 11 comments | 5745 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Spend some quality time with your thermostat

When I was looking for a house in Palo Alto about twelve years ago, a friend warned me about high utility rates. I asked my real estate agent about it and she responded...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 10, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 13, 2021 at 9:27 pm | 11 comments | 5298 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Did LED bulbs make a difference? Yes, bigly!

It’s that time of year when Kris Kringle encourages the Winter Warlock by singing: “Put one step in front of the other…” That’s how...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 20, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Dec 22, 2020 at 4:23 pm | 8 comments | 5109 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

A Disturbing Conversation about Nuclear Safety

It’s one thing to hear about the war on science but quite another to listen to it live as you are driving home on a quiet evening. Okay, it wasn’t really...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 6, 2020
Last comment by Huyen, on Dec 10, 2020 at 9:36 am | 9 comments | 6335 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How to Buy a Used EV

Used EVs are a good deal, arguably one of the best deals on the car market today. Edmunds is

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 22, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Dec 5, 2020 at 6:31 pm |
13 comments | 6767 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

EVs for EVeryone

California has set aggressive goals for EV adoption as it works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The number of EVs is targeted to triple in the next five years...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 15, 2020
Last comment by Tim Bussiek, on Nov 20, 2020 at 2:09 pm | 17 comments | 10978 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Silver Bullet for our Emissions

People often say there is no silver bullet for our greenhouse gas emissions. That’s certainly true in general. But for those of us on the mid-Peninsula, there’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 8, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 16, 2020 at 10:55 am | 18 comments | 6430 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

No post this week due to distractions

Dear Readers: I have no climate post for you today. I am guessing that you have better things to pay attention to given the consequential(!) elections this week. It...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 1, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 4, 2020 at 10:47 am | 4 comments | 4183 Views

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Which City Council candidates "get" climate change?

A few weeks ago 350 Silicon Valley and 18 other non-profits sponsored a two hour forum to solicit Palo Alto City Council candidates’ views on climate change....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 25, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Oct 29, 2020 at 10:21 pm | 15 comments | 6262 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Thinking of moving? You're not alone.

This would be funny if it weren’t also true. Just today (1), I got: - A warning about extreme heat (a “Heat advisory”) - A notice about “public...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 18, 2020
Last comment by Palo Alto, on Oct 24, 2020 at 6:54 pm | 23 comments | 10196 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Fun and games with your electric meter

I remembered the other day that I made a New Year's resolution to decrease our electricity...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 11, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 17, 2020 at 10:20 am | 24 comments | 6499 Views

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Are American and masculine identity compatible with eco-friendly living?

Oh boy. After a week of heat, smoke, COVID news, and a frustrated housebound teenager, not necessarily in that order, I haven’t been entirely excited to do...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 4, 2020
Last comment by Lee Forrest, on Oct 8, 2020 at 6:49 pm | 22 comments | 6064 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Are our recycling bins too big?

Are our recycling bins too big? That seems like a weird question. We want to recycle, so why would we want smaller bins? Another way to think of the question...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 27, 2020
Last comment by Ranvapa , on Oct 4, 2020 at 11:09 pm | 15 comments | 6090 Views
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