Low income households that are already spending a significant portion of their income on household energy costs shouldn't be saddled with additional financial burdens because of their wealthier neighbors' decision to install rooftop solar systems.
Using energy efficiently starts at home with simple actions like turning off the lights or computer when they're not being used. The challenge is getting people -- especially kids -- to flip that switch to "off."
There are many ways for future electricity rates to go down while coal use also declines. Illinois' renewable portfolio standard aims to get 25 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and in the process, shrink bills.
One of the more powerful quotes about the importance of taking nature seriously goes back to Oystein Dahle: "Socialism collapsed because it did not allow the market to tell the economic truth. Capitalism may collapse because it does not allow the market to tell the ecological truth."
It is in NYC's buildings that the real impact of sustainability policy will be felt. As our homes and businesses are weatherized and our old appliances are replaced by energy efficient models, the sentiments of Copenhagen become a reality.
We've created a website that allows me to plug in information about my home and lifestyle, along with my goal to "lose" $20 off my monthly utility bill, and then find out exactly how to make it happen.