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4 Green Ways To Avoid Coal This Holiday Season

Trimming trees, spending time with loved ones, hearing your favorite Wham! songs on the radio - yes, the holidays are once again upon us. While this certainly is a magical time of year, all of the gift-giving, travel, and parties also make it the most wasteful time of year. But what can you do short of cancelling your holiday plans? Well, my fellow (wo)manatees, you’ve come to the right place. This holiday season, we have been blessed with an outline...
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A Day at the Back Bay

As you battle traffic on I-5, it’s easy to forget why you live in Southern California. Since 1970, the population of Orange County has doubled to over 3 million and the “OC” is known as a television show more than it is an actual place. When you look past the rows of luxury cars and palm trees however, you’ll see the natural beauty of Orange County that existed long before civilization arrived. Thankfully, the good people at OC Parks are dedicated...
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IOU a TOU Explanation

If you’re a California business, your electric bill is about to change in a major way. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) like Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are applying a new rate schedule to businesses beginning January, 1 2014. Currently, many business owners pay a seasonal flat rate for each kWh used. IOUs set your rate based on your maximum demand over the previous twelve billing cycles and other factors related to your...
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This Blog Sucks #power

All Hallows’ Eve is drawing nigh and “energy vampires” are once again terrorizing the nation. Well, these plugs actually don’t prefer a time of year and terrorizing may be exaggerating slightly...but that doesn’t make them any less vamp. Or vampirey. Vampiric? I digress… You probably have appliances in your home and office that are plugged in and not in use. Though they look innocent enough, many of these appliances are energy vampires...
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Bright Ideas on Display at Solar Decathlon 2013

The 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon begins on Thursday and things are heating up in anticipation. First held in 2002, the Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition that brings together collegiate teams from around the nation. Teams design, build, and operate a solar powered home that combines affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence while maintaining optimal energy production and efficiency. The Solar Decathlon has always...
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Ready, Set, Low-Flow!

Go green! Be eco-friendly! Buy environmentally-conscious, natural, recycled, organic, free-trade everythings! We hear these buzzwords daily but, as Kermit taught us, it’s not always easy “being green”. The fact is, we live in a world filled with disposable cell phones, styrofoam-housed fast food, and energy-hungry air conditioning. And to be totally honest, we kinda like it that way. Why, Convenience and Comfort are two of America’s founding...
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Chilling Out with Solar

Solar panels are super cool, and I don’t mean fashionable (although they can be that too). I’m talking about their impact on rooftop temperatures! A new study by the University of California San Diego looked into the shading effects of rooftop solar panels. The energy-saving effects of shade trees or using reflective materials on rooftops is well documented. A US Forest Service study found that adding just three shade trees outside of a building...
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