Cooler Smarter


Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Recycling Old Appliances

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Let’s face it: Deep down inside you, or maybe much closer to the surface, you’ve been wanting a new refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, or dryer. You’ve had your eye on that sweet little white/black/stainless beauty of a machine, and you’ve seen the holiday sales (pick a holiday, any holiday) come and go, with their “Save $200!… Free delivery!… Act now!” enticements… And yet you’ve stayed on the sidelines.

If what’s been holding you back is concern about what happens to old appliances, landfills and all, I’ve got great news for you: Chances are good that you’re better off if you upgrade, because energy efficiency progress means you can save plenty of money—and that all of us are also better off because that progress means your upgrade also cuts emissions, even when you take the bigger picture into account.

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How Your Holiday Gifts Can Fight Global Warming: 5 Ways to Have a Cooler Smarter Christmas

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

This holiday season, addressing climate change probably won’t be the only thing on your mind. But when it comes to identifying the perfect Hanukah/Kwanzaa/Christmas gifts for those special someones, climate solutions turn out to offer lots of low-hanging fruit. Read more >

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Rooftop Solar Panels Can Produce All the Electricity You Need. Just Ask This Family.

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Solar panels on the roof can do more than just cut your net electricity use; they can bring it all the way down to zero. Here’s one family’s story about that process, and what it all means. Read more >

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Dorks for LEDs, Unite! 5 Reasons Why the 2014 Nobel Physics Prize is Right On

, , senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Great news from Stockholm this morning: the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded for an invention that made white LEDs possible. In talking about this story today, NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel said he’s “kind of a dork for LED lighting,” and I’ll readily admit I’m one. Here are five reasons why you might want to be one, too. Read more >

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How to Celebrate Earth Day: Go Treasure Hunting with the Kids

, , senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Spring has finally sprung in these parts: blossoms bedizening the trees, smiles bedizening people’s winter-worn faces; birds migrating north, gloves and scarves migrating toward long-term storage. For my family, spring is also our preferred time for “treasure hunting” in celebration of Earth Day. It’s an easy (and free) way to get the kids engaged in sprucing up the neighborhood, to create some teachable moments about earth stewardship, and to maybe burn off some of the energy they’ve accumulated over months of being trapped indoors. Here are the how and why. Read more >

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