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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Electric Mashups (+ Quiz!)

Utilities across the state have been told to lower emissions and use more renewable power sources. How are they doing? It’s surprisingly fun to look at the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 7, 2019
Last comment by doniya, on May 16, 2019 at 12:00 am | 13 comments | 16485 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Clouds of Uncertainty

Clouds have a cooling effect on the planet. “Yes, and the sky is blue”, you may be thinking. “Isn’t that obvious, and why should we care?”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 9, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm | 13 comments | 15360 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How my 80-year-old parents electrified their Foster City townhouse

My parents Eileen and Max live in a 52-year-old townhouse in Foster City. Up until a few years ago they drove a gas car, heated their home with a gas-powered furnace,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 18, 2022
Last comment by eileen , on Sep 25, 2022 at 10:58 am | 12 comments | 14375 Views

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Back in the saddle

Hey readers! I’m excited to let you know that this blog will be starting up again next Sunday after a summer hiatus. Since my last post, we’ve experienced...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 15, 2021
Last comment by Gail+Sredanovic, on Aug 19, 2021 at 10:21 am | 12 comments | 9874 Views

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Is renewable diesel the real deal?

Have you noticed the flags advertising “Renewable Diesel” at local 76 stations? I did and wondered if it was the real deal or a form of “greenwashing,”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 19, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 8, 2021 at 11:13 am | 12 comments | 21733 Views

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Trashing the holiday? Not so much!

I’ve enjoyed looking at photos from my friends’ Fourth of July holidays over the past few days -- parades, ice cream, red-white-and-blue outfits, picnics,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 7, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm | 12 comments | 12733 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 | 13650 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 | 12414 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 | 20723 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Grid Next Door

A post or two ago I wondered what you are doing about power outages. Some of you...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 5, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 10, 2019 at 3:22 pm | 11 comments | 13969 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Using heat pump specs to answer your common sense questions

In this last post of a mini-

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 17, 2021
Last comment by DJ, on Oct 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm |
11 comments | 18347 Views

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A Primer on Prime

A few years after grad school, I was living in an old ranch house in Los Altos Hills with some friends. Two of us biked to work along the windy roads near the house...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 24, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 3, 2019 at 6:43 am | 11 comments | 16595 Views

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Local Pols Debate Climate

We have discussions in this blog about the relative merits of individual action vs political action, so I thought it would be useful to spend some time on the policy...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 19, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 24, 2020 at 7:07 am | 11 comments | 15248 Views

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Are you that duck?

I was walking my dog earlier this week, enjoying the rare everyday activity that wasn’t cancelled(!) She likes to visit a big oak tree where a woman puts out...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 15, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 18, 2020 at 12:28 pm | 10 comments | 11320 Views

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Looking for Leaks

You can help the planet, your home, and your wallet by looking for gas leaks. Not bad for a few minutes of work. Here’s why, and how. Along with

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 24, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 29, 2019 at 4:04 pm |
10 comments | 16692 Views

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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 | 14102 Views

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When to use Marginal Emissions (and when not to)

This week’s post is about electricity emissions. Specifically, I want to talk about a concept called “marginal emissions”. This has come up often...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 29, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Oct 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm | 9 comments | 18755 Views

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10 ways to reduce your dog's "pawprint"

Dogs are the best. They provide comfort, entertainment, exercise, and pure unadulterated love. Half...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 13, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 16, 2020 at 9:45 pm |
9 comments | 17796 Views

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The curious case of the broken-not-broken gas meter

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...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 28, 2022
Last comment by SRB, on Aug 30, 2022 at 11:54 am | 8 comments | 6669 Views

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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 | 11740 Views
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