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Tips: How to weatherize your home

By Daisy Simmons Photo: Brett and Sue Coulstock

A few simple yet effective weatherization strategies will boost your home’s comfort and efficiency, as well as help you save on energy bills. Here’s how to safeguard your home and your wallet from the weather, a step that is growing all the more important as extreme weather grows more common. After all, a little bit of preventative maintenance generally costs less than making repairs or replacements after the fact.

06/02/21
                                                               

How to Decarbonize the American Household

By Sam Calisch

Rewiring America is an organization dedicated to decarbonizing the economy by electrifying everything.  They have recently published a report “No Place Like Home: Fighting Climate Change (and Saving Money) by Electrifying America’s Households” by Saul Griffith and Sam Calisch. Rewiring America  asked co-author Sam Calisch, to walk us through some of the Household Report.

05/06/21
                                                               

This is a Test: What Matters More, Personal Responsibility or Collective Action?

By Lloyd Alter Photo: H. Armstrong Roberts/ Getty Images

It is a question we have been debating on Treehugger forever: does personal responsibility matter in the fight against climate change? Or is it all a ruse, a plot by Big Oil, to divert us from pointing at them?

05/05/21
                                                               

52 Climate Actions That Can Change Behavior

By Lloyd Alter

The question of whether personal lifestyle changes make a difference, when 100 companies are emitting 71% of carbon emissions, has long been a subject of debate on Treehugger and elsewhere. My colleague Sami Grover writes that “oil companies and fossil fuel interests are all too happy to talk about climate change—as long as the focus remains on individual responsibility, not collective action.”

05/05/21
                                                               

How to prepare your coastal property for sea-level rise and weather extremes

By Jan Ellen Spiegel Photo: Ann Tihansky , USGS

People who live along the Atlantic seaboard are accustomed to dealing with environmental extremes: salt spray that can kill just about anything green; relentless wind that whips vegetation into Leaning Tower of Pisa shapes; sand, shells, rocks and dead fish that come and go.

04/22/21
                                                               

30 Ways to Live More Sustainably—and Fight Climate Change in the Process

By Rachel Ramirez

In 2019, youth-led protests calling attention to the worsening climate crisis spread across much of the United States and several parts of the world from the Philippines to Uganda. That same year, the United Nations held its first-ever Youth Climate Summit in their New York City headquarters in concert with the annual U.N. General Assembly, during which world leaders put a spotlight on finding solutions to fix our overheating planet.

04/22/21
                                                               

5 Effortless Ways to Save Energy at Home

By Catherine Martinko Photo by Josh Seong

In this edition of Small Acts, Big Impact, learn smart tips to reduce your energy usage around the house.

04/19/21
                                                               

The Climate Diet: 50 Simple Ways to Trim Your Carbon Footprint (2021)

By Paul Greenberg.

We all understand just how dire the circumstances facing our planet are and that we all need to do our part to stem the tide of climate change. When we look in the mirror, we can admit that we desperately need to go on a climate diet. But the task of cutting down our carbon emissions feels overwhelming and the discipline required hard to summon. With The Climate Diet, award-winning food and environmental writer Paul Greenberg offers us the practical, accessible guide we all need.

04/13/21
                                                               

One billion machines

Greetings! We’ve gone dark for a few weeks here at RA because, as with the rest of the world, our attention has been fixated on Washington. Since the New Year, we’ve been busy presenting our data and policy ideas to help influence what we know is the only way to address climate change and create millions of new jobs and thousands per year in household savings: electrify everything.

02/26/21
                                                               

How to stop your house’s expensive drafts — and save the planet

By Sarah Kaplan Photo by Michael Parkin

As a reporter covering climate solutions, I receive one query more than any other: “What’s the best thing for me to do to protect the planet?” The annoyingly squishy answer is: It depends. Politicians can pass legislation, CEOs can change manufacturing processes, farmers can practice regenerative agriculture, school boards and shipping companies can convert their bus and truck fleets to electrical vehicles.

01/28/21