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Security and Comfort amidst COVID-19

By |2020-03-27T09:35:13-07:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Community, Energy Efficiency, Power Backups - Batteries, Sustainable Living|Tags: , |

Security and Comfort Amidst COVID-19 Sustainable living in the age of COVID-19 and power outages. I don’t know about you, but my family has been pretty stressed out lately. We have two physicians in the family on the frontlines of this pandemic, each with older [...]

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What do we need, right now?

By |2020-03-27T09:54:41-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Living|

What do we need, right now? To me it's 5 things. Food, water, shelter, health and energy. Why? Because, without these essentials, nothing else matters. If I am hungry and thirsty, there is nothing else I want but food and water. When it's cold at [...]

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Greenhouses and aquaponics: the future of year-round food production.

By |2020-03-27T09:39:57-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was written by guest-author Pierre Beauchamp, executive member of Quantum Growth Institute, which builds greenhouses and aquaponic systems for closed-loop, year-round food production in educational and residential settings. Greenhouses and aquaponics: the future of closed-loop, year-round food production. For the last 10 years, [...]

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South Yuba Club’s Sustainability Strategy

By |2020-03-04T11:01:02-08:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Community, Energy Efficiency, SEG Projects, Sustainable Living|

The South Yuba Club’s Sustainability Strategy Saves $ and Shows Their Dedication to a Healthy Future In 2018, commercial buildings accounted for almost 20% of all energy used in the U.S. and accounted for approximately 17% of all U.S. CO2 emissions. They consumed 18.61 quadrillion [...]

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Save Food to Save the Planet

By |2020-04-22T14:49:13-07:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Community, Sustainable Living|

This article was written by guest-author Lauren Scott, the Sustainability Coordinator at BriarPatch Food Co-op in Grass Valley. The amount of food that goes to waste may surprise you. Imagine walking out of BriarPatch Food Co-op with five bags of groceries and then tossing two [...]

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Forest stewardship: Turn your private property into paradise

By |2020-03-17T13:36:01-07:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: California, Community|

This article was written by guest-author Matt Merrill, founder of Yuba Forest Restoration (YFR), which offers forestry services to the Gold Country region. Forest stewardship is one thing you can do to enjoy more of your property, protect it from fire, and help native species [...]

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How Does Solar Impact Home Value?

By |2020-02-25T13:27:03-08:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Solar, Solar Industry/Technology|

How Does Solar Impact Home Value? Research shows that homes with solar sell for more. That is, your home with solar has a higher value than a similar home without solar. They also indicate that homes with solar sell faster than those without. A 2019 [...]

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Are you paying PG&E more than you should?

By |2020-01-30T10:32:49-08:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Community, Renewable Energy Policy, Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: |

Are You Paying PG&E More Than You Should? Of course you are. We all are. That’s not really what this is about though. It’s about the opportunity to pay less. Whether you have solar, are planning to go solar, or never plan to go solar, [...]

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Conservation in Your Backyard: Planting Natives is a Win-Win

By |2020-02-11T17:16:59-08:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , , |

By Dorothy Punderson, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Sierra Streams Institute - Nevada City, CA.  Conservation in Your Backyard: Planting Natives is a Win-Win Toyon - Native Species A few weeks ago I was outdoors preparing for an upcoming science education field trip [...]

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The Future of Solar is At Risk

By |2020-06-01T20:06:24-07:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: Solar|Tags: , , , , |

The Future of Rooftop Solar in California is at Risk What you need to know and what you can do about it Summary It looks very likely that without extraordinary action on our part before mid 2020, the current deal for solar in California is [...]

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