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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Bold coyotes at Windy Hill

In late summer last year I was walking my dog across the top of Windy Hill when I ran into a guy going the other way with his own dog. He stopped me and said they...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 17, 2021
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on May 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm | 13 comments | 17489 Views

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Honey bees!

Yesterday we were getting ready to eat dinner outside when my sister, who was visiting, said “Hey Sherry, have you seen that swarm in your tree?” “What?” ...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 10, 2021
Last comment by Bruce Karney, on May 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm | 15 comments | 12732 Views

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How will Palo Alto plan for, and pay for, massive emissions reductions?

It is not easy for a city to quickly eliminate most of its greenhouse gas emissions, as Palo Alto is learning. Despite paying attention to its emissions for more...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 2, 2021
Last comment by Local Resident, on May 10, 2021 at 10:28 am | 50 comments | 12763 Views

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Where is it unsafe to bike around town?

The weather is amazing these days and lots of us are getting out on bikes and e-bikes. Bike shops have been very busy, even running low on inventory as we all start...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 18, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on May 1, 2021 at 9:05 am | 45 comments | 12891 Views

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Palo Alto Utilities breeds mistrust with lack of transparency around outages

A week ago the electricity went out across a large section of Palo Alto. About...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 4, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Apr 14, 2021 at 11:45 am | 29 comments | 13444 Views

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About the Express Lanes Coming to 101

The Chair of the California Energy Commission, David Hochschild, recently observed that “electricity rates are climate policy”. I agree. We need to design...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 28, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm | 27 comments | 18789 Views

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Demystifying heat pump water heaters

There is a surprising amount of water heater inertia in our area -- we are clinging to old-style heaters. I’ve been scratching my head about it. Mid-peninsula...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 17, 2021
Last comment by MrScott, on Mar 28, 2021 at 3:37 pm | 27 comments | 53134 Views

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I don't believe in laundry strips

I don’t believe in laundry strips. Is something wrong with me, and what does this mean for our chances of dealing with climate change? ==I...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 7, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 21, 2021 at 8:57 pm | 16 comments | 29824 Views

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It is not an easy decision to go to high school in Palo Alto right now

Note: Today’s post is not about climate change, but tune in next week for more climate-related topics. On Thursday morning my tenth-grade daughter...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 14, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Mar 19, 2021 at 9:20 am | 25 comments | 19989 Views

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Kill two birds with one ... mini-split!

Mini-splits are the multi-tools of HVAC. They can heat, they can cool, and they are very modular -- you can put in as few or as many as you want, where you want....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 28, 2021
Last comment by RMRN, on Mar 8, 2021 at 9:05 am | 16 comments | 27212 Views

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Polar vortexes and clean energy in the Upper Midwest

Given the awful power grid mess in Texas, it’s interesting to look at the ongoing electricity planning discussions for the Upper Midwest. In the summer of...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 21, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 27, 2021 at 4:06 pm | 8 comments | 14234 Views

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What does it mean to be a "realist" about climate?

I recently tuned into a city discussion about reducing local emissions. Senior Resource Planner Jonathan Abendschein was giving a progress update on his team’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 14, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm | 21 comments | 14919 Views

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How a 1960s apartment complex is going green

Sunshine Gardens Apartments in Mountain View is a modest two-story 44-unit complex, with ten 1960s-vintage buildings circling a small pool. Tenants at this complex...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 7, 2021
Last comment by A, on Feb 8, 2021 at 11:54 am | 4 comments | 17807 Views

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California must fix its expensive and unfair electricity pricing

Back in the olden days, when we used to go places, I enjoyed travelling to visit my sister in Minneapolis. I would take lots of scenic pictures -- lakes! -- but...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 31, 2021
Last comment by Mark, on Feb 3, 2021 at 5:47 pm | 11 comments | 23067 Views

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Will you save money with a heat pump water heater?

==I This is the second post in a two-part series about heat pump waters heaters. The first post is

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 24, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 25, 2021 at 12:03 pm |
6 comments | 37129 Views

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Offsetting your 2020 emissions

For the last 4-5 years, at the end of the year, I’ve been offsetting our household’s carbon emissions. It's easy and not too expensive. In fact, it's...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 13, 2020
Last comment by Palo Alto Green, on Jan 24, 2021 at 6:23 pm | 11 comments | 15738 Views

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Spend some quality time with your thermostat

When I was looking for a house in Palo Alto about twelve years ago, a friend warned me about high utility rates. I asked my real estate agent about it and she responded...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 10, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 13, 2021 at 9:27 pm | 11 comments | 14460 Views

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Did LED bulbs make a difference? Yes, bigly!

It’s that time of year when Kris Kringle encourages the Winter Warlock by singing: “Put one step in front of the other…” That’s how...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 20, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Dec 22, 2020 at 4:23 pm | 8 comments | 13746 Views

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A Disturbing Conversation about Nuclear Safety

It’s one thing to hear about the war on science but quite another to listen to it live as you are driving home on a quiet evening. Okay, it wasn’t really...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 6, 2020
Last comment by Huyen, on Dec 10, 2020 at 9:36 am | 9 comments | 16275 Views

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How to Buy a Used EV

Used EVs are a good deal, arguably one of the best deals on the car market today. Edmunds is

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 22, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Dec 5, 2020 at 6:31 pm |
13 comments | 18726 Views
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