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A New Shade of Green
A New Shade of Green

By Sherry Listgarten

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About this blog: Climate change, despite its outsized impact on the planet, is still an abstract concept to many of us. That needs to change. My hope is that readers of this blog will develop a better understanding of how our climate is evolving a...  (More)

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The curious case of the broken-not-broken gas meter
Aug 28, 2022 6:03 am
Comments: 8 | Views: 6,910


Every month I send Palo Alto Utilities a photo of my gas and electric meters and they bill me a few days later. (1) That has worked fine until this year.

In... More
Living with a Heat Pump Water Heater
Aug 21, 2022 6:27 am
Comments: 27 | Views: 18,341


This is going to be a pretty short blog post because it turns out it’s not all that interesting living with a heat pump water heater. It works, it’s... More
Try this for healthier, more drought-resistant plants
Jul 31, 2022 5:59 am
Comments: 8 | Views: 10,033


A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a local landscaper. At one point I asked about mixing organic amendment into the soil. “Oh no,” she replied,... More
The Emissions Intensity of California's Electricity Grid
Jul 24, 2022 5:49 am
Comments: 22 | Views: 10,404


Sometimes California’s electricity is powered almost entirely by gas turbines. Below is an example from January 12 of this year at 6 pm, when there was little... More
Palo Alto is #1! (in water costs)
Jul 17, 2022 5:51 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 10,208


Are water rates in Palo Alto high? You bet. It’s not just that we charge a lot. Our tiers are also very steep. As a result, tree-friendly Palo Alto charges... More
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