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A woman holds her iPhone while learning about the clean energy charging feature.
Reducing carbon footprint with your iPhone

Hold the Phone - How Your iPhone Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Learn about the new Clean Energy Charging feature on your iPhone and how it’s helping to promote renewable energy adoption.

Kids reading books about climate change
The next generation

The Power of Green Storytelling: Eco-Books for Kids to Inspire Change

Explore eco-friendly kids' books about climate change, inspiring the next generation to protect our planet.

Natural cleaning products on a green background
Green cleaning

7 Natural Cleaning Solutions To Help You Tackle Your Weekly Chores

7 ways to use natural ingredients to tackle your regular chores. Vinegar, lemon, baking soda and more!

A family composting in New York City
Waste management of the future

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and…Compost?! Your Essential Guide to NYC's (New) Waste Management

Everything you need to know about New York City’s new waste management programs, which lead with sustainability.

A little boy sleeping in a cute nursery kids rooms
Green nurseries

Energy-Efficient Homes: Nursery and Children’s Rooms Edition!

Some unique ideas on how to make your kids’ living space energy efficient and green! Everything you need to know.

A family doing some summer gardening
Garden carbon footprint

How to Get Ready for Summer Gardening Early in the Year

Early planning and sustainable practices can make your summer garden both bountiful and environmentally friendly, everything you need to know.

A child blowing out candles at an eco-friendly birthday party
Party positively

Green Birthdays: Throwing Eco-Friendly Parties for Kids

Host eco-friendly kid parties with sustainable decor, activities, and gifts. Celebrate joyfully while caring for our planet!

A sustainable bedroom with eco-friendly decor
Green those zzz’s

The Sustainable Bedroom: Greening Your Sleep Space

Discover eco-friendly tips for a sustainable bedroom - save energy, sleep better, and go green!

A couple cooking and putting food scraps into a compost bin
From leftovers to life

Composting 101: Why It Matters and How to Get Started

Learn the basics of composting, from its impact on climate change to simple steps for starting your own compost pile.

A toddler plays with a wooden playset in his eco-friendly playroom.
Good, green fun

Eco-Friendly Playroom: Sustainable Fun for Your Kids

Discover how to create a fun, imaginative playroom that teaches kids about sustainability and respects our planet.

A drone shot of a wind turbine farm at sunset, clean energy
Powering the future wisely

Understanding Energy: The Crucial Distinctions Between Clean, Green, and Renewable

Clearing the air: a candid exploration of the distinct realities behind clean, green, and renewable energy.

People walking around Manhattan, NYC commuter
How to commute green

The Sustainable NYC Commuter: Transportation Options in the City Ranked

Find out how New Yorkers make smart, eco-conscious commuter decisions, weighing options from cycling to the subway to electric vehicle rideshares.

An NYC power plant
Navigating the energy jungle

NYC's Power Plants: An Inside Look at The City's Energy Infrastructure

Discover which NYC power plants fuel the vibrant life of New York City and how the transition to green, more sustainable energy is coming along.

An amtrak train is an example of a highly sustainable travel mode
Travel smart, live sustainably

Balancing Convenience and Climate: Sustainable Travel Strategies

Find out which modes of transportation are the most sustainable for your next trip, and why it matters more than ever.

Three people shop at a plastic-free store because they are trying to do more sustainable living
Decoding eco-living: a guide

Green, Sustainable, Zero-Waste: Unraveling the Differences in Eco-Friendly Lifestyles

Find out what sets green, sustainable, and zero-waste living apart, and how to draw from each to enhance and personalize your eco-friendly approach.

A couple is using sustainable kitchen tips to save money and the planet.
Reuse it all

Sustainable Kitchen Tips: Saving Money and the Planet

Learn about the double benefits of environmental consciousness in your kitchen! Dive into practical tips for reducing food waste and creatively reusing everyday items, all while nurturing your budget and the planet.

A boy stands at sunset, looking like he’s holding the sun. He is engaging in climate action.
From apathy to empathy

How to Turn Climate Anxiety into Climate Action in the New Year

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by climate change? Read on for practical tips for turning that overwhelm and apathy into action, including how to talk to people around you and bring them along.

A pile of old phones - showing the necessity of proper tech recycling
Precious materials preservation

Wired for Change: A Comprehensive Guide to Responsible Tech Recycling

Take a peek into the world of responsible technology recycling, uncovering the dangers of improper disposal and the significance of giving our gadgets a second life.

People sharing a holiday meal, they are trying to make their winter holidays sustainable this year.
Connection over consumerism

How to Keep the Winter Holidays Sustainable

Explore ways to keep the winter holidays sustainable in your shopping, cooking, traveling, and gift-giving!

A pile of small gifts under $50 on a green background
Sustainable Surprises Under $50

Eco-Friendly Finds: Thoughtful and Sustainable Gifts Under $50

Discover a variety of gifts under $50 that blend thoughtfulness with environmental responsibility, offering an array of sustainable options for those seeking to make a positive impact without overspending.

A person practicing safe ice melting by putting salt on steps.
Slip Less, Care More

Safe Ice Melting: Eco and Pet-Friendly Winter Solutions

Explore our detailed evaluation of various ice melting products, focusing on their environmental friendliness and safety for both children and pets, in our latest guide

A woman reads a climate book on a yellow couch
Reading for climate impact

Caring for Our Planet: A Gift Guide of Climate Books for Kids and Adults

Book recommendations for kids, sci-fi fans, nonfiction nerds and policy wonks alike. You’ll find an interesting read for anyone on your list in OhmConnect’s list of climate books.

Resuable bags, utensils and glass containers for the environmentalist in your life
Eco Gift Guide

9 Easy Gifts for the Environmentalist in Your Life

OhmConnect’s list of 9 easy gifts for the environmentalist in your life. Buying for someone trying to limit their carbon footprint can be tough, but we’ve got you covered!

Colorful single-use plastic on a white backdrop
Plastic plastic plastic

Simple Steps to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

In a world overflowing with plastic, knowing a bit about the types and their alternatives can make a massive difference to the environment.

Woman changes the batteries in her TV remote
Reusable > disposable

Power Play: Sustainable Alternatives to Disposable Batteries

Uncover the hidden environmental impact of disposable batteries and jump-start your journey towards greater sustainability at home with rechargeable alternatives.

A person holds up a phone that says Black Friday 30% off.
Hold the 1-click orders

The Environmental Dark Side of Black Friday

Impulse spending on Black Friday can spell unnecessary emissions on items that end up in a landfill. This year, approach Black Friday with a plan and some thought to reduce your carbon footprint.

Made in USA textile tag
Made in USA

Made in the USA — Investigating Sustainability at Home

Do “Made in USA” garment labels guarantee an ethically and sustainably produced product?

A man pours his recycling into a bin, he has followed his recycling rules in his area.
Reduce, reuse, recycle (correctly)

Trash to Treasure: Recycling Rules and Waste Reduction Tricks

Learn how to navigate recycling rules and adopt simple lifestyle changes to reduce single-use plastic waste in your daily life, regardless of where you live.

A family is outside looking for a Christmas tree, it’s two parents and a child.
Real or artificial tree?

Which Kind of Christmas Tree Is Better for the Environment?

Learn why buying a living tree is better for the environment every year and how you can do so in the most 'green' way possible.

A group of people sit at a table eating, they are trying to have a more sustainable Thanksgiving.
Thankful for our environment

How to Have a Sustainable Thanksgiving

A little bit of planning goes a long way for the environment. Read our best tips for cooking, shopping, and traveling!

A few homemade sprays, some orange peels and a few other natural cleaning products. All could be used to naturally fight household pests without pesticides.
Evict pests naturally

Tips and Tricks for Household Pests (Without the Pesticides)

Try these things before reaching for the harshest chemicals when dealing with indoor pests.

A person holds up their hands to frame a sunset, they are working on making green habits.
Make green habits

The Psychology of Green Habits

The basis of climate change action lies in the science behind habit-building.

A woman pauses to breathe the clear, clean air
Easy breathing

Taking Control of the Air You Breathe

A look at air quality measures and how to take control of the air you breathe

Two women are choosing to put food scraps into the compost bin instead of the trash to reduce food waste, which helps out environment significantly
Stop tossing food

Reducing Food Waste: Small Steps for Big Savings and a Healthier Planet

Reducing food waste is an eco-friendly choice that stretches beyond just saving edible items.

Parents and their child carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern, which is fun and cute but could contribute to greenhouse gas emissions once it lands in a landfill.
Spooky season is here!

How to Have A Spooky, Fun, and Eco-Friendly Halloween

Why Halloween can create a lot of waste and how you can be a more mindful participant in spooky fun!

A professional chef with tattoos prepares a dish in a commercial kitchen; he is undoubtedly focused on reducing food waste, and you can be too.
Save like a pro

How To Cut Back on Food Waste in Your Kitchen Like a Pro

The basics of reducing food waste like a professional chef

A large amount of solar panels, the proliferation of which is great for the environment but exasperates the duck curve.
When you use matters

The Duck Curve: The Cute-Sounding Problem that’s Getting Worse

As we use more solar power, flattening the duck curve is becoming a bigger challenge.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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A man in a black helmet is charging his electric bike.
Electric in style

E-Bike 101: Everything You Need To Know About Electric Bikes

Electric bikes are an ideal choice for city commuters, casual weekend explorers, and fitness enthusiasts alike. Learn what you need to know when choosing yours, plus state incentives to save you money!

The best father's day gifts you can purchase online
Because he deserves it

Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Tech Enthusiast Dad in 2023

Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift for your tech enthusiast dad? Check out this roundup of the smart home best gifts for dad in 2023.

If you use a lot of electricity, the pros and cons of solar panels are clear
Get the facts

What Are the Pros and Cons of Installing Solar Panels?

Installing solar panels on your home can be a smart choice but before investing in solar, it’s important to consider both the pros and cons.

Landscaping can help with a home's energy efficiency
Throw some shade

How to Use Landscaping to Increase Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is about more than simply turning off your lights. Find out how landscaping for energy efficiency can lower your energy bills!

A father and his son do laundry together, choosing to wash their towels in cold water. Teaching the next generation energy efficient living habits is great.
Use more cold water

The Environmental, Financial, and Lifestyle Case for Cold Water

Using cold water when washing dishes, doing laundry, and even showering is great for your wallet and the environment.

A woman analyzes her electric bill to help her reduce carbon footprint
Push that green button

Got Your Utility Bill Handy? These Services Use Your Home’s Energy Data to Save You Money & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Looking to reduce your home's carbon footprint? All you need to know is your SDG&E, SCE, SMUD, or PG&E login information and you’re set to go.

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Smart Energy is using urban spaces for community gardens
In the neighborhood

Smart Energy Podcast Episode 8

On this episode of Smart Energy we're chatting about the importance of long-term gratification for tackling climate change, urban farms, and what needs to happen with your home's electrical panel when you upgrade to an electric vehicle.

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