Sustainable Energy Monitor: What We're Reading in January

Catch up on the latest sustainable energy and green industry news from January.

How to Make Your Home as Energy Efficient as Possible

If the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a jolting wake-up call, you may be wondering what else you can do to slow climate change. Today is a great day to get started on a plan to reduce how much energy your home uses and make that energy cleaner. Making a plan will help you decide where to start. [Lifehacker]

Where does all our energy really go?

Nearly everything we see and do in our daily lives need energy to work. However, most of that energy may be taken up in places you didn’t realize needed so much. Looking at energy consumption from both a national, and residential standpoint can help you understand where it all goes, and maybe how to save a little more along the way. [Arcadia Power Blog]

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 — and it couldn’t happen at a worse time

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rose an estimated 3.4 percent in 2018, according to new research. The findings mean that the United States now has a diminishing chance of meeting its pledge under the 2015 Paris climate agreement to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2025.  [Washington Post]

Will 2019 Be The Year Building Energy Codes Take The Next Leap Forward? We Hope So.

Some of the biggest potential energy savings will be determined later this year by a process that begins not in Washington, DC, but in Albuquerque and Las Vegas, where stakeholders will meet to debate the next version of America’s model building energy code. [Alliance to Save Energy Blog]

Training DC Residents in Clean Energy 

These days, energy efficiency and renewable energy are powering DC. While providing solar and wind energy to homes and offices, they are also creating jobs for DC residents. The DCSEU is providing hands-on training to meet the ever-growing demand for workers in this field. [East of the River]

Concern About Global Warming Among Americans Spikes, Report Says

In 2018, Americans watched as California towns were incinerated by fires, hurricanes devastated coastal communities and a government report sounded the alarm about the impacts of a changing climate. All those factors contributed to significant changes in perceptions of global warming in the U.S., according to the authors of a new public opinion survey. [NPR]

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