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Things to Know Before Jumping into Solar

Home solar may be the energy solution of the future, offering clean, reliable energy without having to depend on power companies and their high energy rates. With new financing options in the works from some companies, getting into solar could soon be easier than ever before. If you like the thought of energy-independence, then picturing your home with its own solar panels might make you giddy. Before you get too excited, though, there are a few things that it’s important you know about solar energy first.

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Green Friday: 1/3/2020

Green Fridays are about bringing you resources to make the most informed decisions on ways through which you can shift towards sustainability, zero waste, and reduced carbon emissions. Here are 11 great reads breaking down ways cities are becoming more green-friendly, how building materials are becoming more sustainable, how adaptive management of where we live is on the rise, and more.

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Finding Unused Energy Rebates to Lower Your Bills

Happy Green Friday, San Diegans! Utilities are no joke, and electricity in our amazing city of San Diego can be bank-breaking depending on the time of year and when you need to run your appliances. However, did you know that SDG&E offers hundreds of dollars in rebates to help lower your energy bills and incentivize shifts to more efficient appliances? In today’s post, we’ll explore where some of the biggest rebates are when you’re looking to make energy-efficient upgrades, followed by direct links taking you to all the ways you can cut down costs here in SD.

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LEED-ing you to a Greener Future. It’s Green Friday!

Building and home efficiency is a key advertising feature when courting realtors, buyers, and renters. However, without standardization of what qualifies as ‘green’, it may be difficult to ascertain what buildings are truly built with green intentions. In developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system, the US Green Building Council set standards to identify those pushing the efficiency envelope. LEED sets building standards, such that new construction and renovations may be awarded for their energy conservation and optimization through various ‘green’ credentials. In today’s Green Friday post, we will explore what makes a LEED-certified building, what incentivizes builders and owners to pursue LEED certifications, and how LEED-certified buildings can positively affect your community.

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Green Friday: Say Sayonara to Microplastics

Every Green Friday post aims to bring you new ideas and ways to Live Green, decreasing your carbon footprint and saving you money in the long-term. However, living greener does not always mean making a huge life choice and investment in new technology. As such, today’s post and posts in the following weeks will attempt to introduce simple ways you can cut back on things that can cause damage to the environment and, in the long-run, you. Jumping right in, today will focus on microplastics, what they are, how pervasive they are, and what you can do to limit their proliferation into nature, our water supplies, and food.

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Pushing Towards Renewables; It’s Green Friday!

With every ‘Green Friday’ post comes informational dialogue on how to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce your energy usage, and save money in the longterm by adopting more efficient appliances/utilities. However, in this week’s post, I want to highlight some ways our city is working to move towards a renewable energy future that you may not have heard of. Read on to learn how San Diego is making moves to transfer towards 100% renewable energy by 2035.

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Is Your House Ready for an Electric Car?

While they aren’t quite dominating the automotive market just yet, electric vehicles are definitely seeing a rise in popularity. More and more consumers are embracing the vehicles as a stylish and more environmentally friendly way to get around, and charging stations are starting to appear in places such as hotels, rest stops, and even shopping centers. There’s definitely a market for electric cars out there, and it’s growing.

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Clean with the Power of Green! It’s Green Friday!

When we go to wash our clothes, dishes, or ourselves, we usually do not look at the ingredients label on our soaps. Instead, our purchases are often directed by fragrance, brand loyalty, and flashy ads claiming maximum cleaning power. However, the makeup of our soaps is incredibly important, so much so that within the last decade, there has been a major shift from the inclusion of one such chemical, phosphates, as cleaning agents in our laundry detergent, dish soaps, and body washes. In today’s Green Friday post, we will explore why this has been a major turning point for this market and our environment and some ways you can adapt towards ‘greener’ alternatives.

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