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 These Apartments Will Soon Get Their Heat from Wastewater – Adele Peters – Fast Company – 2 minute read – “At two high-rise apartment buildings in the Bronx, when a tenant takes a shower or does laundry, the hot water that goes down the drain will soon help heat their apartment in the winter—or cool it in the summer. The buildings, two 20-story towers in an affordable housing co-op, currently use steam heat that runs on fossil fuels. But now the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative plans to shift to a new combination of energy sources: geothermal energy from underground, plus energy captured from the wastewater that flows through pipes.”  Full article here.

NY-GEO Signs on to Recommendations to HUD’s Green & Resilient Retrofit Program – Rewiring America has organized comments on HUD’s retrofit program that include an emphasis on electrification. “Further, when considering appliance replacement as part of the upgrade package, particularly at the end of the incumbent machine’s useful life, HUD should require the switch to the most efficient electric technology available on the market, especially when switching from fossil-fuel appliances and electric resistance. Efficient electric appliances like heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and induction stoves are vastly more efficient than their fossil-fuel counterparts and should be treated that way especially as HUD is taking steps to improve the overall efficiency of the building. The graph below is from the letter. Full letter here.

Benzene for Breakfast? Study Finds Gas Stoves Produce Toxins Linked to Cancer – Caleb Heeringa – Gas Leaks – “We know that the “natural” gas in millions of American homes is mostly methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that’s worsening the climate crisis.  But it turns out that may not even be the worst thing coming out of your gas stove. A new study from researchers at PSE Healthy Energy found benzene – a widely recognized carcinogen linked to leukemia and lymphoma – as well as an array of other toxins linked to birth defects and cognitive impairment.  Benzene was found in 99% of samples, which were taken in the kitchens of 159 homes serviced by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), and San Diego Gas and Electric. Shockingly, the research shows that it didn’t even take using a gas stove to compromise the air inside our homes — gas stoves leak even when they’re turned off. Researchers found that ‘in certain cases, just having a gas stove in your kitchen could create benzene concentrations comparable to secondhand (tobacco) smoke.’”

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