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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Alto's bold proposal to jumpstart home electrification

Six years ago Palo Alto set a goal to reduce city emissions to 80%...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 25, 2022
Last comment by Larry, 9 hours ago | 17 comments | 4702 Views

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How my 80-year-old parents electrified their Foster City townhouse

My parents Eileen and Max live in a 52-year-old townhouse in Foster City. Up until a few years ago they drove a gas car, heated their home with a gas-powered furnace,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 18, 2022
Last comment by eileen , on Sep 25, 2022 at 10:58 am | 12 comments | 10557 Views

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We should not be operating our power grid via text alert, and other observations from the past few days

Well, that was an interesting few days. Our electric service should work quietly in the background. Instead it made headlines nearly every day. At times it appeared...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 9, 2022
Last comment by Westbrook, on Sep 21, 2022 at 10:34 pm | 19 comments | 4423 Views

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Will the power go out during this heat wave?

Our local power providers and our grid operator (CAISO) are asking us to conserve electricity over the next few days as record-breaking heat and heavy use of air...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 4, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm | 34 comments | 7009 Views

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The curious case of the broken-not-broken gas meter

Every month I send Palo Alto Utilities a photo of my gas and electric meters and they bill me a few days later. (1) That has worked fine until this year. In...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 28, 2022
Last comment by SRB, on Aug 30, 2022 at 11:54 am | 8 comments | 5304 Views

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Living with a Heat Pump Water Heater

This is going to be a pretty short blog post because it turns out it’s not all that interesting living with a heat pump water heater. It works, it’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 21, 2022
Last comment by Sam Li, on Aug 30, 2022 at 3:48 am | 27 comments | 14057 Views

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What to do if you get a noisy Rheem/Ruud heat pump water heater

One of the reasons that people have favored the Rheem/Ruud heat pump water heaters is because they are quiet. Rated at a low 49 dB, you could install one in most...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 22, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 20, 2022 at 2:04 pm | 20 comments | 14826 Views

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Try this for healthier, more drought-resistant plants

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a local landscaper. At one point I asked about mixing organic amendment into the soil. “Oh no,” she replied,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 31, 2022
Last comment by Scott Denny, on Aug 13, 2022 at 2:17 pm | 8 comments | 8386 Views

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The Emissions Intensity of California's Electricity Grid

Sometimes California’s electricity is powered almost entirely by gas turbines. Below is an example from January 12 of this year at 6 pm, when there was little...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 24, 2022
Last comment by BobB, on Jul 31, 2022 at 5:52 pm | 22 comments | 8744 Views

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Palo Alto is #1! (in water costs)

Are water rates in Palo Alto high? You bet. It’s not just that we charge a lot. Our tiers are also very steep. As a result, tree-friendly Palo Alto charges...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 17, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 18, 2022 at 4:15 pm | 7 comments | 7784 Views

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Midpen's unambiguous ruling on e-bikes

It would have been a lot easier for Midpen’s board of directors to take the middle ground that was offered. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 10, 2022
Last comment by Rossta, on Jul 13, 2022 at 12:24 pm | 15 comments | 8013 Views

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E-Bikes on Open Space Trails: Yes or No?

On Wednesday, June 29, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) will decide where to allow e-bikes on its

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 26, 2022
Last comment by Joel Lachter, on Jul 9, 2022 at 3:14 pm |
19 comments | 9388 Views

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Am I saving enough water yet?

We are in our third year of drought in California and it’s not pretty. SoCal residents are under some

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 19, 2022
Last comment by BobB, on Jul 6, 2022 at 8:47 am |
39 comments | 8450 Views

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Let's bury our CO2. What could possibly go wrong?

We did not act early enough on climate change, and we continue to burn through our carbon budget too fast. As a result, we are faced with the need to capture and...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 1, 2022
Last comment by John, on Jul 4, 2022 at 8:22 am | 14 comments | 10973 Views

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Will goopy straws and useless bags doom our efforts?

Many readers of this blog are concerned about plastic waste. I understand why. We walk past discarded water bottles at concerts and games; we find disposable cups...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 12, 2022
Last comment by MichaelB, on Jun 18, 2022 at 8:13 am | 23 comments | 9228 Views

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Are you ready to ditch disposables?

Two years ago, in February 2020, I wrote about Palo Alto’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 29, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 3, 2022 at 5:27 pm | 15 comments | 9944 Views

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We need stable, climate-forward land use policies

With the growing demand for renewable energy, domestic mineral supplies, new long-distance transmission lines, and subterranean repositories for captured CO2 and...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 15, 2022
Last comment by chris aoki, on May 18, 2022 at 1:07 pm | 4 comments | 7579 Views

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Need some help choosing a plant-based milk?

A few weeks ago I found myself staring into a refrigerator case full of plant-based milks, with no idea which one to choose or why. A guy next to me was doing the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 8, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on May 13, 2022 at 8:15 pm | 13 comments | 10676 Views

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Frustrated? Angry? Use it, don't lose it!

Here we are, staring down the barrel of yet another dry, hot, smoke-filled summer and fall. We have already had

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 10, 2022
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 28, 2022 at 12:23 pm |
16 comments | 9765 Views

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Menlo Park considers an "electrification concierge"

There are many easy, fast, and cost-effective ways for each of us to make a big dent in our emissions. Think modernizing our diets, electrifying our transportation,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 17, 2022
Last comment by MP Father, on Apr 25, 2022 at 10:43 pm | 13 comments | 11441 Views
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