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Turns out we don’t really understand “emergency”

Dan Delurey says it all here, in his Halloween blog post. (There’s lots of good content, but scroll down to his Monty Python op-ed.)

Solving Shelter

The City of Petaluma, where I live, just declared a shelter crisis. This is in California, the 5th largest economy in the world — and the largest sub-national economy. Petaluma is not unique in having this problem; it’s all but ubiquitous. We’re doing something very wrong, and it’s shameful — but it’s not inevitable. There Read More »

HOT? Here’s what NOT to do!

Air conditioning is like a globally addictive drug: the more we use it, the more we need it. Its voracious energy demands contribute to the climate disruption that is heating up the planet. That’s only one of several reasons NOT to turn down your thermostat, if your house isn’t getting as cool as you would Read More »

Climate & Consumption

I always find myself somewhat repelled by the word consumption. My reaction comes from reading novels set in earlier times, when it was used to mean “a wasting disease” (usually tuberculosis). Earlier today I watched two short videos that produced the same reaction. Appropriately enough, they were about consumption as we more currently define it, Read More »

Spring favorites: work and play

PLAYING: I love spring — especially this spring, which has finally arrived, seemingly overnight, after a long, wet, cold winter. I was lucky enough to celebrate it this past weekend with my favorite 6-year-old, teaching him to dye eggs. WORKING: My favorite climate work is developing education and teaching about energy, emissions, and electrification. I Read More »

Kudos to The Guardian

Batteries A-Go-Go!

California’s spate of public safety power shutoffs (PSPSs) last year has inspired a surge of battery sales this year, as the peak fire season approaches. Scientific American reports, “the share of [Sunrun’s] solar customers who are also installing energy storage was more than 60% in the San Francisco Bay Area this spring.” Sheltering in place Read More »

Back in the Swing!

Image via Pexels   It’s been a bit more than a year since I posted, and what a year it’s been! Besides all the global madness, I moved last July from Pacifica to Petaluma, California. I love it here and feel a bit like that girl on the swing. Life is good. Notwithstanding — you Read More »

    "In Energy Free, Ann Edminster brings her wisdom and clarity to the issue of net-zeroenergy homes. With so much attention beingpaid to energy savings and reduction of carbon emissions, we need a book like this that helps us sort through the confusing technologies, claims, and economics to create homes that are better for the planet and better for your budget." — Alex Wilson,
Founder and Executive Editor,
BuildingGreen, LLC

    "In Energy Free, Ann Edminster brings her wisdom and clarity to the issue of net-zeroenergy homes. With so much attention beingpaid to energy savings and reduction of carbon emissions, we need a book like this that helps us sort through the confusing technologies, claims, and economics to create homes that are better for the planet and better for your budget." — Alex Wilson,
Founder and Executive Editor,
BuildingGreen, LLC