How states compare by their commercial energy use

LED Lighting Supply compiled a list of the states that use the most commercial energy per building using data from the Building Performance Database from the Department of Energy.

Americans spend $179 on fuel each month—here's how to spend less

CoPilot looked into the Consumer Expenditure Surveys to see how much Americans spend on vehicle fuel and suggested ways to lower that expenditure.

How the cost of solar panels has fallen

Rocket Solar cited data from the Energy Information Administration to look at how the cost of solar panels has fallen and what that means for electric power in the U.S.  

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The side benefits of clean energy

Rocket Solar compiled a list of some of the side benefits of clean energy using a variety of government, nonprofit, and academic sources.  

Plumbing solutions for tiny houses and nontraditional spaces

(BPT) - Ignited by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, alternative housing options continue to trend upward — even while the overall housing market has cooled. Remote work has opened possibilities …

4 ways to improve the air you breathe indoors

(BPT) - Especially in the winter months, most people spend the bulk of each day — up to 90%* — indoors, according to the U.S. EPA. Unfortunately, whether at home, in the car or at work, …

How much packaging we use (and what happens to it)

The Rounds examined historical data from the Environmental Protection Agency to see what happens to packaging after it's thrown away and how that's changed over time.

3 product labels help you do good while shopping

(BPT) - Did you know your dollars have the power to support positive change? Spending your money in ways that align with your values makes a difference for yourself and the causes close to your …

How the flood risk has changed in your state, according to FEMA

Stacker cited data from FEMA's revamped national flood insurance program, Risk Rating 2.0, to look at how flood insurance premiums will change across every state.  

US metro areas with the worst air pollution

Stacker compiled a list of the metro areas with the worst pollution in the U.S. using the 2022 American Lung Association State of the Air Report.  

Clean Energy Home Upgrades: Make dependable environmental improvements

(Family Features) Consider these environmentally friendly upgrades to diversify your home's energy sources, reduce energy consumption and ensure your home is well-prepared to withstand interruptions to power service if the electrical grid fails.

5 major mistakes people tend to make when recycling

The Rounds outlined five major recycling mistakes people should avoid to minimize their landfill footprints and make the most of local recycling streams.  

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

OhmConnect compiled a list of how heat waves in major U.S cities have changed over time, with data from sources including the EPA, the World Health Organization, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Globalchange.gov, and other scientific research.
27 Things to Know About COP, Why Does It Matter?
(BPT) - -Cool Effect Co-Founder and Director of Carbon Projects Dee Lawrence is proud of the nonprofit's efforts in supporting high-quality carbon-reducing projects since launching at COP21 in 2015. …
How US renewable energy adoption compares to other major emitters
OhmConnect broke down how renewable energy adoption in the U.S. compares to other major emitters.
To Feed or Not to Feed the Birds in Cold Weather
(Cole's) - It’s an age-old question -- to feed or not to feed birds in fall and winter.  Some people believe that feeding wild birds can cause more harm than good, like preventing timely …
High-impact home improvements to prepare for a clean energy future
(BPT) - The energy supply in the United States is getting cleaner and more renewable every day. Not only is this good for the planet, it's also good for your wallet. By taking action now you can help …
5 easy ways to make your home more sustainable
The Rounds researched five simple ways to make your home—and household habits—more sustainable.
5 Sustainable Agriculture Practices for Long-Term Success
(Family Features) Implementing sustainable practices aimed at sequestering carbon, or carbon farming, can help farmers and ranchers increase their bottom line while managing environmental impact in numerous ways.
How continuous methane monitoring can safeguard workers and the environment
(BPT) - Climate change is top of mind for many global industries, especially those with oil and gas, chemical and power generation facilities. By nature of their work, these businesses are …
Feeling the stress of high energy bills? New programs help lower costs
(BPT) - Soaring energy prices equate to rising energy bills for households nationwide. This is a burden in particular for low-income people on a tight budget. No one should have to go without the …
4 DIY Tips to Prepare Your Garage for an EV According to HGTV Expert Carter Oosterhouse
(BPT) - By Carter Oosterhouse, TV Host and Home Improvement ExpertBetween fluctuating gas prices, the rise in green-minded individuals, and new electric vehicle (EV) introductions from major auto …
Why your next car will probably be electric
(BPT) - Love them, hate them, or don’t really care, electric vehicles are beginning to take over transportation conversations and roadways, and soon, boats and planes. Already, there were 16.5 …
Green Energy Boom Creates New Job Opportunities for Gen Zers. Will They Answer the Call?
(BPT) - A U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) panel discussion recently touted alternative energy adoption as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalize manufacturing in the United States. Among …
4 ways to shop eco-friendly clothing for your baby — without breaking the bank
(BPT) - If shopping responsibly for your family is at the top of your priority list, you may have already spent time searching for clothes for your baby or toddler that are better for the …
3 Reasons to Ditch Your Laundry Detergent for Eco Strips
(NewsUSA) - The laundry industry would have you believe that in order to get brilliant, clean laundry, you need to use powders, liquids and pods that are diluted with water, and come in bulky, …
How an energy storage system can help you weather power outages and save on utility bills
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Natural Food Storage Containers Can Help Save Money
(TVA) - As food costs continue to rise, many people are seeking creative solutions to stretch their dollars and reduce wasted food. Buying and cooking food in bulk helps save money, as well as …
Duck, Duck, Goose! Restored Wetlands Thriving
(NewsUSA) - As the sun rises in middle America, nature comes to life. Ducks, geese and other birds emerge from a marsh, taking flight into a golden sky, while prairie grasses whisper in the …
Flexitarianism For Dogs—For The Environment, For Their Health And For Your Wallet
(NAPSI)—If U.S. dogs and cats were their own country, they’d rank fifth in global meat consumption. In fact, through their diet, our pets constitute about 25–30% of the environmental impacts …
Clean Air Ducts Fight Indoor Allergens
(NAPSI)—The joys of warm weather are somewhat reduced for the more than 50 million Americans who have allergies or asthma.  The Problem When it comes to allergies, most people consider …
Home Maintenance Made Easier
(NAPSI)—If you have 30 seconds—and a free new app—you can save yourself time, money and trouble, and help preserve the planet at the same time. The app helps people tackle and reduce home …
Big Tobacco And The Microplastics Problem
(NAPSI)—It’s likely you see one of the most common sources of plastic pollution everyday—on the ground, in parking lots, in gutters or at the beach—cigarette butts. This is not trash but …
What’s In The Water? Fluoridated Water And Its Benefits
(NAPSI)­—Brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist keep our smiles healthy and happy—that, we know. But what about the water you brush with and drink? Using fluoridated water will help …
Get Your Ducts In A Row
(NAPSI)—Before you spring into action cleaning your home this season, you may want to consider a source of dirt you can’t see but do need to deal with: air ducts. Your home’s heating and …
Air Conditioning Use Could Exceed Electric Capacity
(NAPSI)—The day may come soon when you turn on the AC—and it won’t be there. That’s because climate change could mean such an increase in summer air conditioning use in the United States as …
Backyarding Trends in 2022: TurfMutt Foundation Predicts Americans Will Continue to Expand Outdoor Living
(NAPSI)—“Backyarding”—the trend to move indoor activities outdoors that was made popular during the pandemic —is here to stay and will continue to expand in 2022, according to the TurfMutt …
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Most expensive US military weapons and programs

On Dec. 23, 2022, President Biden signed the Department of Defense's 2023 budget into law. Using data from the National Defense Authorization Act, Stacker analyzed which defense projects and programs are currently the most expensive.

People Protesting Predatory Pornography

(NAPSI)—Research suggests some 40 million Americans visit porn sites regularly. While watching consenting adults is perfectly legal, there are aspects of the porn industry that can be …

Black history from the year you were born

Stacker examines just some of the struggles and triumphs African Americans have had each year over the last century.

La Oficina del Defensor de Inmigrantes Detenidos ofrece un nuevo enfoque de supervisión en los centros de detención de EE. UU.

(NewsUSA) - La Oficina del Defensor de Inmigrantes Detenidos (OIDO) es un recurso para defensores, representantes legales y familiares de personas detenidas para presentar quejas sobre mala conducta …

Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman delivers new approach to oversight at U.S. detention facilities

(NewsUSA) - The Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman (OIDO) is a resource for advocates, legal representatives, and family members of detained individuals to file complaints about …

6 natural cleaning products you can make at home

The Rounds compiled a list of do-it-yourself cleaning products that can easily be made with everyday products from your pantry.

Year of the quarterback carousel: A look back at the NFL's record number of starting quarterbacks in 2022

Stacker analyzed Pro-Football-Reference.com data to determine how an NFL-record 69 different quarterbacks started games during the 2022 regular season.

How tribal gaming has changed over time and impacts tribes today

OLBG drew on internet research and National Indian Gaming Commission data to trace the history of tribal gaming.