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How About Those Sea Turtles?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How are populations of sea turtles faring these days?            – A.J., Los Angeles, CA Swimming alongside a sea turtle in coastal waters is certainly a thrilling sensation, but the experience is becoming increasingly harder to come by. Declines in sea turtle populations around […]

Energy Efficiency of Manufactured Homes

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How do manufactured homes stack up against traditionally constructed houses in terms of energy efficiency and overall environmental footprint? – Jen Jackson, via email As one might expect, manufactured homes run the gamut with regard to energy efficiency. In an analysis completed by […]

Federal Programs for Home Energy Efficiency

Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to upgrade the energy efficiency of my condo but can’t afford the up-front cost of new equipment and materials. Are there any federal or other programs designed to help working people afford to make such transitions?                                                          — Paul B., Monroe, NY As of now, residential and commercial buildings contribute up […]

Will Air Conditioning Push Us Over The Edge of Catastrophe?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that as the planet warms, it will be the huge demand for and use of air conditioning that will push us all over the edge of cataclysmic warming? – Joseph Still, New York, NY As innocuous as it may seem, […]

Does Upgrading Energy Efficiency Raise Your Home’s Market Value?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I know that upgrading the energy efficiency of my home will make it less expensive to heat or cool, but will it also raise its market value significantly? – J.B.M., St. Louis, MO That depends on your definition of “significant!” According to a […]

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