Cooler Smarter


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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Earth Day Ideas: Looking for Air Leaks in all the Right Places

, asst director of research & analysis, Clean Energy

Still looking for an impactful Earth Day activity? You could do a lot worse than enlisting the family to spend a few hours finding and sealing up air leaks in and around your home. While often considered a fall-time endeavor, air sealing now can make a discernible difference with the hot summer months right around the corner. It’s one of the quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective ways to lower your carbon emissions and get a little Cooler and Smarter in the process. Here’s the why and how. Read more >

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