Archive for October, 2009

You can impact global warming without sacrifice — Blog Action Day, 2009

October 15, 2009

I am participating in Blog Action Day today, joining more than 9,000 bloggers writing about climate change.

I’m a section editor for Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Last month I wrote a cover story about a nationwide movement to reduce energy use.

Here’s the short version:
Getting your home insulation changed from batt to foam will reduce your electric bills by 50 percent, improve your health, make a major reduction in your contribution to global warming and make you more comfortable in terms of indoor temperature.

  • Buildings kick out 43 percent of the carbon emissions in the United States, primarily from keeping indoors hot and cold.
  • Batt insulation cannot be installed without leaving spaces. A 5 percent space will reduce the insulations effectiveness by 60 percent.
  • I guarantee your air conditioner is at least twice as big and working twice as hard as it needs to be, because ductwork and walls aren’t insulated thoroughly. An eight-ton air conditioner with no insulation is the same as a two-ton air conditioner with insulation in terms of the coolness of a home, but not in terms of health or carbon emissions or dollars spent.
  • If you finance the work, you will save more per month than you pay on the debt.
  • There are tax incentives and government rebates for those who make energy efficiency improvements as well.

I have arranged for a member of the Department of Energy Task Force to give a free presentation on this Nov. 4 at 168 Bellevue Ave. in Redlands, Calif. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. Tell your friends.

Lets save the world, our money and our health, and be comfortable in the bargain.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call HartmanBaldwin at (909) 670-1344 or e-mail