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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is artificial turf a good option for our dry climate?

About twenty-five years ago I had a friend who managed one of the landscaping crews at Stanford. After a few years he left to work elsewhere and explained why. “When...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 29, 2021
Last comment by Trish+Bubenik+, on Sep 3, 2021 at 4:15 pm | 8 comments | 16102 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Why we are Warming

We ended the last blog post with about half the Sun’s energy hitting...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 23, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 2, 2019 at 10:05 pm | 45 comments | 16065 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

10 ways to reduce your dog's "pawprint"

Dogs are the best. They provide comfort, entertainment, exercise, and pure unadulterated love. Half...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 13, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 16, 2020 at 9:45 pm |
9 comments | 16043 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Thinking of moving? You're not alone.

This would be funny if it weren’t also true. Just today (1), I got: - A warning about extreme heat (a “Heat advisory”) - A notice about “public...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 18, 2020
Last comment by Palo Alto, on Oct 24, 2020 at 6:54 pm | 23 comments | 15883 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Fun and games with your electric meter

I remembered the other day that I made a New Year's resolution to decrease our electricity...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 11, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 17, 2020 at 10:20 am | 24 comments | 15882 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Drivers Ed 101: Look Where You’re Going

Sometimes I give money to animal rights organizations. I like animals, and I believe they should be treated with decency. Fine. The problem is, the organizations...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 30, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 30, 2019 at 5:35 pm | 22 comments | 15774 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Someone hung a swastika in my front yard

Around 4am on Friday someone hung a swastika in our front yard. They biked down our street in the wee hours with a sheaf of carefully stapled papers, stopping to...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 6, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 9, 2020 at 10:57 pm | 18 comments | 15596 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Average Palo Alto

One of the things I find very encouraging about climate is that there is a small set of things that we can all do to have a big positive impact on climate change....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 4, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 12, 2019 at 10:45 am | 22 comments | 15561 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

What are we doing about dairy emissions?

I’m a big believer in each of us working to reduce our own emissions. But some things are harder than others, and for me I’m pretty stuck on dairy, and...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 30, 2021
Last comment by Kiki, on Jun 5, 2021 at 9:24 pm | 19 comments | 15495 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Your electric panel

Can you convert your gas furnace to an electric heat pump? How much space is in your panel? There's more than you might think! This is the second in a three-part...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 10, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 14, 2021 at 1:39 pm | 8 comments | 15368 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Electric Mashups (+ Quiz!)

Utilities across the state have been told to lower emissions and use more renewable power sources. How are they doing? It’s surprisingly fun to look at the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 7, 2019
Last comment by doniya, on May 16, 2019 at 12:00 am | 13 comments | 15066 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

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 | 14978 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

A Primer on Prime

A few years after grad school, I was living in an old ranch house in Los Altos Hills with some friends. Two of us biked to work along the windy roads near the house...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 24, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 3, 2019 at 6:43 am | 11 comments | 14939 Views

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The Other Greenhouse Gas

One of the things that I think has given global warming a bad name (besides, well, the fact that it’s global warming), is that it can seem like everything...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 17, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 21, 2019 at 6:41 am | 8 comments | 14917 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Using heat pump specs to answer your common sense questions

In this last post of a mini-

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 17, 2021
Last comment by DJ, on Oct 21, 2021 at 9:53 pm |
11 comments | 14864 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Looking for Leaks

You can help the planet, your home, and your wallet by looking for gas leaks. Not bad for a few minutes of work. Here’s why, and how. Along with

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 24, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 29, 2019 at 4:04 pm |
10 comments | 14854 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Skeptics, Dupes, and Paranoids

I am a natural-born skeptic. I like to question things and play devil’s advocate, so much so that for a while some friends called me “Sherry Contrary”....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 1, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:41 am | 33 comments | 14851 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 | 14606 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

On price gouging and other obstacles to HPWH adoption

It is hard not to be worried about climate change these days. More...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 5, 2021
Last comment by EPL, on Sep 25, 2021 at 4:37 pm | 28 comments | 14598 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Economics of Residential Rooftop Solar

The other day I mentioned to someone that I’m not a big fan of residential rooftop solar. His response was “You don’t believe in climate change?”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 16, 2022
Last comment by EPL, on Feb 16, 2022 at 7:46 am | 67 comments | 14558 Views
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