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Back to School!

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Sep 1, 2020 12:21:00 PM

Remember Your ABCs

As we head into fall and the little ones head back to school, it’s important to point out that we grown-ups should also remember our ABCs: “Always Be Conserving”. 

Keeping the Lights on During Dark Days

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Apr 1, 2020 3:39:00 PM

 It’s clear we are living in uncertain, and often frightening times. But rather than dwelling on the negative, I prefer to stay positive and focus on some of the amazing stories we are hearing about how this terrible virus is bringing us together as a community, as a nation and as one united planet. 

Rent Control Comes to Every Property in California

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Nov 1, 2019 1:29:00 PM

 After ignoring the will of the voters, who just last year decided against loosening statewide restrictions on rent control, California state legislators recently passed a new law that will cap annual rent increases at 5 percent plus inflation.

Confronting Climate Change

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Aug 1, 2019 11:30:00 AM

It’s hard to stay cool these days, literally as we head into the “dog days” of summer, and also when reading the overheated rhetoric coming from our politicians. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s clearly time for cooler heads to prevail. 

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Smart saver tip of the month

Insulating water pipes is a quick and inexpensive way to lower water-heating costs. The easy upgrade reduces heat loss and allows you to lower your buildings’ water temperature setting by two to four degrees. Plus, since water doesn’t take as long to heat up, less of this precious resource is wasted waiting for faucets and showers to get to the appropriate temperature.

On smaller buildings, this is a definite DIY job that should take less than a day to complete. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for a comprehensive shopping list and step-by-step instructions.