In this post, we read, listen, act, and reflect on April's topic: home energy. This article has been adapted from our sustainability newsletter, so please sign up for it to stay in the loop.
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes
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🎯 Action step 1 of 4: READ — Let's start by looking at a few articles together.
Here are some energy facts. It's the perfect month to think about your home energy consumption, since, like me, you're reading this at home! Quarantiny changes; huge outcomes.
Now that we're all home during the day, let's do our laundry in the morning!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 1 of 4: READ.
🎯 Action step 2 of 4: LISTEN — we'll watch a short video or listen to a podcast to further expand on our topic.
Natalie picked "The Big Turnoff", a really interesting fact-loaded 30-minute podcast on behavior change and energy, hosted by Lirio. I learned a lot about how behavioral science interventions drive huge energy savings. Listen to the podcast below, and you'll finally understand my sneaky experiment with today's subject line. As always, highlights are below!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 2 of 4: LISTEN.
🎯 Action step 3 of 4: ACT — Now it's time to do something. Let's go!
Social impact and sustainability often comes with more questions than answers, but in this week's ACT module on Energy, I. Have. Answers.
I'm going to tell you how energy is used in your home and give you some super duper easy ways to reduce carbon emissions from the comfort of your too-comfy bed (confession: that's where I am now).
Easiest change ever.
We can sit on our butts and get a lot done. Ever thought you'd hear that motto for change?
There are four main ways we can reduce carbon emissions that stem from our home’s energy use: being more energy efficient, going renewable, electrifying, and shifting when we use energy.
Natalie Zandt, founder of MeterLeader and co-creator of this month's Changeletter, has a longer version of the actions we cover below on her blog.
1) Become more energy efficient
Here are some tips organized by a rough breakdown of how much of your home energy it'll address.
2) Go Renewable - Most utilities give you a "green energy rate" you can opt into - a much easier step than installing solar panels.
3) Electrify - Here's a 7-step guide to electrifying your home. #PandemicProjects
4) Change when you use energy - Do your laundry in the daytime when there's more renewable electricity on the grid. Catch up on what we covered two weeks ago!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 3 of 4: ACT.
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🎯 Action step 4 of 4: REFLECT — what can you commit to? What fresh perspectives can we look at?
Finally, here's a little recap you can take with you on your home energy saving journey.
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 4 of 4: REFLECT.
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