Energy And The Good Life

Energy And The Good Life

By Stephanie Seferian

"I just listened to your podcast about waste and was surprised to hear that our energy consumption is so high in America! The problem is, I don't know where the energy is going, nor do I understand which things I might be doing to use so much. What are some tips for saving energy? Why do Americans require so much more than other countries?"   Waste comes in many forms. Sadly, energy waste is all too common here in the United States. On today's show we're breaking down two important topics: 1. how much energy humans actually need to consume to live happy, healthy lives, and 2. practical ways to reduce the chances that the energy we're consuming isn’t wasted.   Here's a preview: [2:30] A breakdown of exactly how much energy Americans use compared to citizens of other countries [5:30] What research has to say about energy consumption and quality of life [10:00] Let's chat about your home's holes for a hot minute [17:45] Reigning in excessive and unnecessary electricity use [22:00] Is community solar the renewable energy that's right for you? [25:30] Thoughts on finding comfort in being a tiny bit uncomfortable [30:00] Everything you need to know about the (two thumbs up!) heat pump   Resources mentioned: 6 Ways to Save Money and Energy at Home (via Consumer Reports) How Much Energy Powers A Good Life? Less Than You're Using, Says A New Report (via National Public Radio) Community Solar Basics (via the Office Of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy) Heat Pump Buying Guide (via Consumer Reports) A Heat Pump Might Be Right for Your Home. Here’s Everything to Know (via The New York Times) Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency How To Make A DIY Chimney Balloon (via Eco Thrifty Living) -- * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. -- Thank you to our sponsor! Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for your $60 free gift.   Our Sponsors:* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-content
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