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A man ties his boot, which may be vegan “leather” or may be real leather, he made his choice based on the environment.
Buy less, choose well

Leather and the Environment: Is Vegan “Leather” Actually Better?

Is vegan "leather" really better for the environment? Learn about the pros and cons of vegan and traditional leather.

An older couple has a vegetarian dinner, choosing to eat less meat for their wallets, health and the earth.
Try Meatless Mondays

Sustainable Menu: How to Have a More Planet-Friendly Diet by Eating Less Meat

12% of Americans consume 50% of the country's beef. Learn why we should try minimizing our red meat consumption.

High winds and residential flooding are anticipated from hurricane Idalia
Don't fret, prep

Hurricane Idalia and More Frequent Hurricanes - How to Avoid Hopelessness in the Age of Climate Change

Idalia information and avoiding climate change hopelessness

Blackouts are caused by an overworked electric grid
Compounding effects

Why Does A Heat Wave Cause A Blackout

An aging and overworked electric grid is only part of the problem.

Carbon emissions are both upfront and embodied, as it takes energy to build and live as part of our daily lives.
It all adds up

Understanding Carbon Emissions and our Whole-Life Carbon Footprint

What does it mean when someone attributes their actions to carbon emissions or a corporation claims to be curbing their emissions, is it simply burning less fossil fuel as part of its business?

People in an office shaking hands
Clean money

Building A Green Career: Jobs In Clean Energy (And Where They Can Take You)

Passionate about a more sustainable future? A career in clean energy may be right for you! Here are five jobs in the clean energy sector to consider.

Clean, modern-looking kitchens are still leading home trends
Green is in

6 Home Trends That Could Help Save the Planet & Save You Money

Since the pandemic, we look at our homes a bit differently. These home improvement (and money saving!) trends to save the planet look like they're here to stay.

Make New Years resolutions to save energy and money
This is your year

6 Eco-Friendly & Money Saving New Year's Resolutions

Looking for some money saving New Year's resolutions this year? We've got five small changes to help you save money and help the planet in 2023.

OhmConnect's 2022 Energy-Saving Gift Guide
Gift and save

OhmConnect's 2022 Energy-Saving Gift Guide

Save the planet (and their wallet) this holiday season with our favorite energy-saving gift ideas for the home. They'll be thanking you for years!

64% of Americans are now exposed to extreme heat. Here's why that's worrying
Hot in here

64% of Americans are now exposed to extreme heat. Here's why that's worrying

Today, record-breaking heat waves have emerged with alarming frequency and more intensity than ever before. 64% of America is affected by extreme heat and can our renewable energy sources provide as extreme temperatures increase?

10 low-cost and low-waste ways to dazzle your guests this holiday season
Tis the season

10 Low-Cost, Low-Waste Ways to Dazzle Your Guests This Holiday

Take the stress (and supersized costs) out of your holiday planning this year

Metros with the most energy-efficient buildings
Clean city living

Metros with the most energy-efficient buildings

OhmConnect used the Environmental Protection's Agency's 2022 rankings to identify the metropolitan areas with the greatest number of Energy Star-certified buildings. The EPA identified the top 25 metros with the highest count of certified buildings as well as the top 10 in mid-size and top 10 in small metros. For comparison, the count of those metros with the most buildings are shown here based on the number of certified buildings per 1 million population. Because the EPA reports on just the top counts, some metros with fewer buildings but a higher rate per capita may not be listed here.

Energy efficiency also means working to reduce food waste
That stinks

Reducing Food Waste: One-Third of US-Grown Food is Wasted—Here’s the Environmental Impact

OhmConnect looks at the environmental impact of the wasted food, as well as the resources wasted in the lost food's production. Let's reduce our food waste, stat!

Family plays outside, kids ride on Dad's shoulders
Listen up, kids

Backyard Activities to Teach Kids About the Environment

Want an easy way to teach kids about the environment? Here are our favorite educational (and fun!) ways to play outdoors and also teach a lesson.

8 Great California State Parks to Visit in 2022
Golden state guide

8 Great California State Parks to Visit in 2022

OhmConnect is partnering with California State Parks Foundation this year in a shared mission to highlight these natural resources.

10 Tips for a Green Halloween
Not too scary

10 Tips for a Green Halloween

Tips to make your Halloween spooky AND sustainable.

A kid plays outside during Earth Day
Nature is calling

Earth Day 2021: How Kids Can Help The Planet This Month

It's 2021 and action for the planet is needed more than ever. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite ways that kids can take action to help the planet this Earth Day.

For Earth Hour 2021, Get Paid To Power Down
Planet party

For Earth Hour 2021, Get Paid To Power Down

Earth Hour 2021 is March 27th, from 8:30-9:30 PM. Will you unplug for the planet?

13 Safe & Eco-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Halloween 2020 at Home
Ghouls rush in

13 Safe & Eco-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Halloween 2020 at Home

Halloween should be spooky, not *actually* scary.

8 Parenting Hacks To Help You Raise a Zero Waste Baby
Start 'em right

8 Parenting Hacks To Help You Raise a Zero Waste Baby

Those tiny baby feet can leave a HUGE eco-footprint, but they don’t have to.

California is on fire
Please stay safe

California is on fire

The region has become dryer, which transformed California’s iconic golden hillsides into kindling for a nightmarish fire season.

It’s our favorite holiday of the year … Energy Efficiency Day!
Happens once a year

It’s Our Favorite Holiday of the Year … Energy Efficiency Day!

We’ve rounded up the absolute best ways to celebrate this year. (Psst - a few of them will even pay you!)

Why Do We Need Natural Gas Plants?
They're less dirty

Why Do We Need Natural Gas Plants?

If renewable energy is the best thing since sliced bread, why don't we use it all the time?

New windows can help reduce the carbon footprint of a house.
Insulation for the win

How To Reduce Your Home's Carbon Footprint And Stop Money From Flying Out The Window

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Here are the incentives available in California, and how to get the most bang for your home retrofit buck.

14 Amazing Things That Happened for the Planet in 2017
Something to celebrate

14 Amazing Things That Happened for the Planet in 2017

In 2017, it felt like the global media picked up all of the problems, and none of the solutions. To fix that, here are 14 of the best conservation stories from this year that you probably missed.

These folks are reducing screen time by taking a hike.
Screens, be gone!

My Intention for 2023: Reducing Screen Time and Tethering to Real Life Experiences

Who doesn't have "reducing screen time" on their to-do list? We've got 9 tips and tricks for reducing screen time for your and your kids this year.

not your average eco gift guide
Outside the box

Not Your Average Eco Gift Guide

Give gifts that will really help reduce your friends and family’s carbon footprint this holiday season.