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How is Electricity Generated, Anyway?

We use electricity to turn on the lights, charge our phones, and participate in a wide variety of activities. But where exactly does electricity come from?

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Decarbonizing My Home 

What’s it like to electrify in the Bay Area? EcoBlock’s Sandy Robertson reveals the advantages (and potential drawbacks) of living in a decarbonized home.

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Inflation Reduction Act Brings Renewed Hope for Climate Action

The Inflation Reduction Act contains the most ambitious strategy for climate change and clean energy production. While the details are still being sorted out, one thing is clear—this is welcome news in the fight against climate change, and an opportunity to double down on working towards a cleaner, greener, and more equitable planet.

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Designing for Net-Zero: How Architecture Influences Energy Demand

Visions of a sustainable future often center around high-tech solutions that cut energy use for heating, cooling, lighting, and other home services. However, a building’s design can have as much or more impact on its emissions and energy use than the appliances it contains. Learn more about how architectural design can influence a building’s efficiency.

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Me and My Kill-A-Watt

Many household appliances use power even when they’re not turned on. Every year, this can add up to a lot of energy. Fortunately, devices like the Kill-A-Watt offer a way to identify these sneaky energy burglars. Read on as EcoBlock Project Manager Dr. Therese Peffer shares her own experiences with the Kill-A-Watt and what she discovered about her home power use.

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The Value of “R”: Insulating for Comfort and Efficiency

Adding insulation and air sealing in an older home can be a relatively cost effective way to increase energy efficiency, increase comfort, lower costs, and reduce heat-related illness. However, millions of homes in California remain uninsulated. Read on to learn how insulation retrofits can cut costs and carbon while enhancing home comfort.

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Peak Performance: Enhancing Household Health and Comfort

Home performance describes how the different systems in a home work together to create comfortable, healthy, and energy-efficient indoor environments. This building science-based approach evaluates different factors such as air flow, moisture/humidity, and thermal protection to improve occupant comfort, energy savings, and indoor air quality (IAQ).