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Fighting Climate Change: You’re 4x As Powerful As You Think

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The latest news on climate change is incredibly sobering stuff, and talking with my family about it hasn’t made for uplifting dinner conversation. But once you get past the initial shock, episodes like that can get you thinking about what more each of us can do. When I did, I realized that the answer is a lot—and in more ways than might occur to us. We might, in fact, be four times as powerful as we think.

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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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