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Are you using heat pumps the right way?

Are you using heat pumps the right way?

Are you using heat pumps the right way? 

Making relatively smaller, cheaper, and easy changes to home heating in America could reduce fossil-fuel use nearly as much as taking half of all private vehicles off the roads. When your heating system needs replacement, buying a heat pump is the best of investments for your home. But you have to make sure you’re using them the right way.

At least 7 percent of U.S. fossil-fuel energy is used for residential space and water heating. If you want to do the most immediate good for the planet, replace your aging gas furnace with a new, electric appliance.

Heat pumps have been around for decades, but they didn’t use to be very efficient, especially in extremely cold weather. That’s changing. Now some cold-climate heat pumps can transfer heat effectively in subzero temperatures. Also, not running a gas line to a building saves thousands of dollars, and it will prevent you from ever installing gas-burning appliances.

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

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Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

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Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

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California testing solar-paneled canals

California testing solar-paneled canals

The Turlock Irrigation District approved a pilot project testing the construction of solar panels over canals in the San Joaquin Valley. Key takeaways: The decision was based on research demonstrating that covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals with solar panels could reduce evaporation by as much as 82%, saving up to 63 billion…

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