Help cool the Earth…with these two steps

It’s one of those cold, white-bright days of winter. We’ve not had many like it this January. Instead, we’ve been walking around outdoors in our shirt sleeves, sneezing from pollen allergies and having a lot of little conversations about the unusual warm “spell”.
We’re experiencing climate change, of course, and it’s not a spell, but a new norm. Nearly everyone recognizes that something’s going on. Sometimes I feel like a character in Twin Peaks, exchanging knowing glances with the neighbors over these changes we cannot speak of because it’s somehow become radical to openly declare that climate change is happening, even though people in all walks of life can see it plainly. I’m thinking about farmers, landscapers, urban planners, builders, utility managers, insurers, scientists, oceanographers, biologists, botanists, power plant operators….

GridWise Alliance appeals to Harry Reid to keep smart grid needs in energy bill

Efficiency. It’s much discussed. But will Americans really turn down their AC (or the heat), caulk their windows and put their electronics on power strips?
Experts say yes, they will if they can see that meter ticking away, adding needless dollars to their electricity bills. But the ability to gauge our electricity use with “smart” gadgets around the home depends largely on updating the national grid; creating a smart grid that can feed back information.