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Dirty, unhealthy, and unsustainable energy for our electricity, heating, cooling, and transportation threatens our planet and the lives of everyone we love and know.

Once a week - every Monday, we bring in leading environmental activists, entrepreneurs, experts, and everyday people who are transforming homes, workplaces & communities into clean energy power centers that save money and create a healthy, prosperous, just & sustainable planet.

The AWESome EarthKind podcast inspires and empowers you with the knowledge of how the Forces of Nature (Air, Water, Earth, Sun, and YOU) – can make the world a better place, and save you money. The fear isn’t that we are powerless, but that we are powerful beyond measure.

Find out more at www.AWESomeEarthKind.com.

AWESome EarthKind Ron Kamen

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

Dirty, unhealthy, and unsustainable energy for our electricity, heating, cooling, and transportation threatens our planet and the lives of everyone we love and know.

Once a week - every Monday, we bring in leading environmental activists, entrepreneurs, experts, and everyday people who are transforming homes, workplaces & communities into clean energy power centers that save money and create a healthy, prosperous, just & sustainable planet.

The AWESome EarthKind podcast inspires and empowers you with the knowledge of how the Forces of Nature (Air, Water, Earth, Sun, and YOU) – can make the world a better place, and save you money. The fear isn’t that we are powerless, but that we are powerful beyond measure.

Find out more at www.AWESomeEarthKind.com.

    Make Your House Healthy, Comfortable, and More Energy-Efficient - with Lauren Salz of Sealed

    Make Your House Healthy, Comfortable, and More Energy-Efficient - with Lauren Salz of Sealed

    Quantum Quote: “There are two ways to live your life. One is that nothing is a miracle, or the other way is that everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
    Having an efficient, clean, and comfortable home is everyone’s dream. Every homeowner wants their family to be comfortable, with a proper heating and cooling system that doesn’t cost too much to operate. Most of us also want energy savings and positive environmental impact.
    Are you having problems with heating and cooling? Do you want to make energy efficiency upgrades but believe that it would be too expensive? Are you looking for ways to make your home healthier, cleaner and safer for your family and the environment?
    Lauren Salz is co-founder and CEO of Sealed, a home wellness company that modernizes home heating and cooling to deliver clean air and comfort with less energy. Sealed helps single family homeowners make their homes more comfortable, clean and healthy for themselves and for the planet.
    By implementing a very innovative “pay for performance” model, Lauren explains how Sealed makes it easy and affordable for homeowners to have home energy efficiency improvements that improves comfort, reduces energy costs - and only pay for the upgrades out of the savings over time.
     
    Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy is it to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account.
     
    In “The Power Of Earth With Comfort” From Climate Master webclass, you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including:
    How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system and much more…
     
    If you tired of rising energy costs and want to save up to 70% on your energy bills, Go to www.AWESomeEarthKind.com and register now for this FREE special event that will show you exactly how to get geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home.
     
    We’d like to hear from you! Please help us understand how AWESomeEarthKind can help you achieve your clean energy goals – and you’ll automatically be entered into a Sweepstakes for a Free LED Light Fixture:
     
    SEND YOUR FEEDBACK TODAY



    SuperNova #1. Sealed does anything that makes sense for our customers. The biggest bang for your buck in terms of energy reductions is on the heating and cooling side. But we also do things like LED bulbs, smart thermostats.
     
    SuperNova #2.  A big startup challenge that a lot of businesses have is figuring out how to shift the business based on new consumer mentalities - especially the current pandemic. We had to shift from a very strong in-perso, office culture to being 100% remote, completely overnight.
     
    SuperNova #3. We have a huge opportunity to help homeowners solve a key problem, while helping the planet. I think one of the most exciting things is that we're reaching people who wouldn't have done these improvements for the sake of the environment. 
     
    Topics Covered:
     
    00:41 - Lauren shares who she is, where she is based and what kind of work she does
     
    01:18 - She shares her favorite quote from Albert Einstein which is, “there are two ways to live your life. One is that nothing is a miracle, or the other way is that everything is a miracle.”
     
    01:55 - Lauren talks about what Sealed does, how it works, why she became involved with it and why it is important for her + how she helps homeowners and the challenges she helps them solve
     
    03:57 - She shares how they work with Con Edison and what other states and utility territories she works with
     
    07:38 - She talks about the improvements she does for homeowners and the forces that are d

    • 26 min
    Tracking State & Utility Clean Energy Policies - with Miriam Makhyoun, CEO of EQ Research

    Tracking State & Utility Clean Energy Policies - with Miriam Makhyoun, CEO of EQ Research

    Quantum Quote: “Use the devil’s tools to win the angels’ war.” – Miriam Makhyoun
    Did you know that 19 states now have 100% clean electricity targets by 2050? But - did you also know that only a handful of them are legally binding?
    Across the U.S., state governments and utility regulatory authorities are creating policies and programs to move our society to clean energy. 
    Which states have the best programs? What are the laws, regulations, and programs in your state? How many of the goals are concrete and enforceable? 
    And – how can we be kept informed about proposed new laws and regulations so that we can speak up and add our voices?
     
    Listen to Miriam Makhyoun as she unravels the world of EQ Research and what they do in tracking the development of clean and renewable energy.
     
    Miriam Makhyoun is the Chief Executive Officer of EQ Research. Miriam is responsible for providing strategic leadership in establishing long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. WIth decades of utility and energy industry experience, she expertly helps clients in areas including energy storage valuation, energy procurement, capacity procurement, market design and carbon emissions compliance. Miriam holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Appropriate Technology (Renewable Energy) from Appalachian State University.
     
    Miriam served as the Power Supply Contracts Manager at MCE, California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, and managed MCE’s 2018 Energy Storage Request for Offer process. She also managed portfolios for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company, procuring Resource Adequacy capacity and carbon compliance instruments. Before PG&E, Miriam provided customized research for members of Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and conducted market intelligence while at North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). 
     
    Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy is it to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account.
     
    In “The Power Of Earth With Comfort” From Climate Master webclass, you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including:
    How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system and much more…
     
    If you tired of rising energy costs and want to save up to 70% on your energy bills, Go to www.AWESomeEarthKind.com and register now for this FREE special event that will show you exactly how to get geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home.
     
    We’d like to hear from you! Please help us understand how AWESomeEarthKind can help you achieve your clean energy goals – and you’ll automatically be entered into a Sweepstakes for a Free LED Light Fixture:
     
    SEND YOUR FEEDBACK TODAY



    SuperNova #1. When I look at the environmental issues that we would see years and years ago, ever since I learned how thin the ozone layer was in elementary school, it seemed like things weren’t moving fast enough. Sometimes, you got to use money and make the money go to the solutions that you want to solve. 
     
    SuperNova #2. The states are leading the way in decarbonization. Utilities will only do what they are mandated to do. Public Utilities Commissions need to coordinate with other entities such as air resources boards in order to have the scientific backing to consistently measure and track carbon emission equivalent reductions.
     
    SuperNova #3. If you want change, picking up the phone is the best way to do it.
     
    Worst Career Moment: “I’ve learned that sometimes, you might question what an organization is doing, and I think br

    • 30 min
    Religious Organization’s Role in Addressing Climate Change - with Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone

    Religious Organization’s Role in Addressing Climate Change - with Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone

    Quantum Quote: 
    “Science provides us with the evidence, our faith compels us to act.” – Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone
     
    Climate change is a part of our lives that must be resolved - or the extreme weather events will result in the ultimate collapse of all civilization.
    Are you concerned about the future and want to protect your children? How does your faith compel you to take action?
    Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone is an educator, minister, and musician based in Ulster County, New York. She has been a science and peace educator for 27 years, and has spent most of her life working in education in various capacities.. She has been a middle and high school teacher, a museum and environmental educator, a university professor, a non-profit executive, an entrepreneur/small business owner, and an education consultant. But she is always driven by the same vision: to create a more just and equitable world
    Leonisa is focused on climate change because for her, thinking about climate change is thinking about the future of all people. She has created curricula for the City of New York, written books about doing science with children, and is currently organizing religious congregations to mobilize and take action.
     
    Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy is it to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account.
     
    In “The Power Of Earth With Comfort” From Climate Master webclass, you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including:
    How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system and much more…
     
    If you tired of rising energy costs and want to save up to 70% on your energy bills, Go to www.AWESomeEarthKind.com and register now for this FREE special event that will show you exactly how to get geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home.
     
    We’d like to hear from you! Please help us understand how AWESomeEarthKind can help you achieve your clean energy goals – and you’ll automatically be entered into a Sweepstakes for a Free LED Light Fixture:
     
    SEND YOUR FEEDBACK TODAY
    SuperNova #1. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy. To deal with those, we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. Unfortunately, scientists don't know how to do that.
    SuperNova #2. These are the most pressing issues because they encompass everything: environmental justice, issues of structural violence, systemic racism, poverty, it's all tied in. Climate change is the central issue we need to be thinking about because it's futures oriented. If we're not thinking about climate change, then we are not thinking about a future that is just for all people.
    SuperNova #3. Graphs showing human impact is what we're talking about.  If we're looking at greenhouse gas emissions, and you control for all the other things - solar flares, volcanoes, and all of that - and you actually plot it along the lines of greenhouse gas emissions, you see that this is, in fact, a human created tragedy.
    Worst Career Moment: “When my kid and I hit on really hard times. We were put on public assistance and got SNAP benefits for a few years. Then they bumped us off an energy saving contract because of our income issues. I learned right then and there how unjust and stacked against people with lower incomes who want to have an environmental mindset with their heating bills” – Rev. Leonisa Ardizzone
    Aha! Moment: “Being in dialogue with tribal elders, who helped me understand that I was already a person who considered myself an environmentalist. And they just took me to a whole new level, they just help

    • 39 min
    Climate-Friendly Heating with Michael Seidenberg, Eco Energy of NY

    Climate-Friendly Heating with Michael Seidenberg, Eco Energy of NY

    Quantum Quote: “The biggest benefit with geothermal is that it's always the same climate down below.” – Mike Seidenberg
    Heat pumps are replacing traditional fossil fuel heating. With efficiencies of 200-500%, not only are heat pumps more cost-effective, safer and healthier than fossil fuel heating - but, instead of needing a boiler or furnace, plus an air conditioner, plus an air filtration system - you get everything “all in one”. 
    Air source heat pumps cost less upfront. But ground source - or geothermal - heat pumps are less expensive to operate and can provide a better long term value.
    Air source heat pumps are outside and are exposed to the weather, so they wear down faster than the protected indoor & underground geothermal equipment.
    And, with geothermal, you can reuse the piping if the rest of the system wears out, so you don’t have to replace the entire system.
    More people are living life in more comfortable homes with the reduced monthly expenses that geothermal brings. Do you want to invest now, so that you can save later? The world is moving towards clean, healthy, sustainable heating, cooling and hot water. Will you do the same? 
    Mike Seidenberg is the Owner of Eco Energy of N.Y. LLC. He makes homeowner’s goals come true with heat pumps , but also does traditional furnaces and small commercial accounts.
    His journey with geothermal started in 2007 when he learned everything he could about geothermal, went back to his boss and was told that it was a bad idea. He quit his job, started his own company, and has been installing heat pumps ever since. 
     
    Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy it is to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account.
     
    In “The Power Of Earth With Comfort” From Climate Master webclass, you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including:
     
    How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system  
    and much more…
     
    If you tired of rising energy costs and want to save up to 70% on your energy bills, Go to www.AWESomeEarthKind.com and register now for this FREE special event that will show you exactly how to get geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home
     
    We’d like to hear from you! Please help us understand how AWESomeEarthKind can help you achieve your clean energy goals – and you’ll automatically be entered into a Sweepstakes for a Free LED Light Fixture:
     
    SEND YOUR FEEDBACK TODAY



    SuperNova #1. Never take advice. Find out the information you need. Make your own decisions based on the information that you’ve gathered. Don’t listen to anybody because they’re only going to tell you what they want you to think.
     
    SuperNova #2. Soon-to-be retirees know that they are only taxed on what you take out of your retirement funds. They are preparing themselves by investing in geothermal so that their annual heating, cooling, and hot water expenses are less when they retire. 
     
    SuperNova #3. Take the time to size things correctly. It really matters. Nobody ever yells at you for taking the time to do things correctly. Take time to do it right.
     
    Worst Career Moment: “It was my first job, a Saturday night before Mothers’ Day. I took the Sunday off, and I came back on Monday, and a customer had used my excavator to backfill the trenches for me trying to be helpful. It had rained the night before so the pipe had floated up. He just shoved all the dirt in, kinked the piping, and I spent the next week digging up four tons of geothermal pipe loop in the same trenches.” – Mike Seidenberg
     
    Aha! Momen

    • 21 min
    How Geothermal Blows Away Oil & Propane - with upstate NY Homeowner Hugh Casler

    How Geothermal Blows Away Oil & Propane - with upstate NY Homeowner Hugh Casler

    With prices fluctuating between $1.50 to $4.50 a gallon, heating with oil or propane can destroy your budget. Heating with the Power of the Earth is clean, quiet, consistent, convenient, and cost-effective - all while helping the environment. 
     
    Aside from being eco-friendly – Geothermal also keeps money in your pocket. You live healthy and comfortably - while saving the Earth and money at the same time.
     
    Hugh Casler is Fowler Brothers Inc’s Project Manager who currently resides in far upstate New York (near Lake Ontario). He has built several homes and does his own electrical contracting, engineering, and design work. Fowler Brothers is one of the largest apple growers in the U.S.
     
    Hugh first installed geothermal in his home last fall because of propane’s expense and price fluctuations. .Geothermal also has a green footprint. Now, Hugh has consistent comfort and costs with geothermal supplying his radiant heating.
     
    Listen as Hugh describes how a geothermal installation changed both his life and the planet's.
     
    Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy it is to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account.
     
    In “The Power Of Earth With Comfort” From Climate Master webclass, you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including:
     
    How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system  
    and much more…
     
    If you tired of rising energy costs and want to save up to 70% on your energy bills, Go to www.AWESomeEarthKind.com and register now for this FREE special event that will show you exactly how to get geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home
     
    We’d like to hear from you! Please help us understand how AWESomeEarthKind can help you achieve your clean energy goals – and you’ll automatically be entered into a Sweepstakes for a Free LED Light Fixture:
     
    SEND YOUR FEEDBACK TODAY



    Topics Covered:
     
    01:29 – Hugh describes the day he first installed geothermal and the reasons he chose it for his home.
     
    04:43 – Hugh describes why he chose geothermal heaters, how he chose Mike as the installer, and how he likes the Climate Master system.
     
    06:53 – Identifying the obstacles he encountered and the incentives he received for going geothermal 
     
    08:49 – You should choose a service provider who can help you with your geothermal system who has a good track record.
     
    10:48 – The biggest thing people should do: Understand the heat loss in your home.
     
    11:44 – Hugh talks about his future plans about his clean energy journey



    SuperNova #1. People need to understand the heat loss in their home. That’s number one. You really got to know your home. They also really need to research. It’s good for the consumer to make sure that the company you’re buying from has been in business a while; they’re not just some fly by night – but somebody that’s going to be there.
     
    SuperNova #2. [Talking about incentives and savings] As much as people want it, there’s a big difference between $5,000 and $25,000. The cash and tax credit incentives make it all possible.
     
    SuperNova #3. Everybody should do good research. I’ve been very happy with Climate Master  standing behind it. To the consumer, that’s very important. It’s not just the cost. It’s somebody standing behind it.

    • 14 min
    Building Green & Saving Money - with Michael Murphy, Murphy Brothers Contracting

    Building Green & Saving Money - with Michael Murphy, Murphy Brothers Contracting

    Quantum Quote: “I know one thing – that I know nothing.” – Socrates
    Do you want to learn how to build a home that is comfortable, healthy, and beautiful? Do you want your home to be green and energy-efficient? Do you want to know the type of construction company that can turn your youthful dream home into reality? If you do, then you’re up for a great treat today!
    Spending time inside a home that is comfortable, healthy, energy-efficient, and sustainable would be a wonderful gift you could give yourself and your family. Not only are you contributing to a wonderful living experience, but you’re helping spread the word about carbon reduction. 
    Listen to this episode and be guided by our guest into the world of better and efficient buildings.
    Michael Murphy is responsible for Business Development at Murphy Brothers Constructing Inc. – an award-winning general contracting firm founded by brothers Sean & Chris Murphy. They started with small remodeling jobs in their early years, but their outstanding reputation has led to larger projects in the greater Westchester, lower Hudson Valley, and southern Fairfield region. 
    From their experience in building a Dream Home with Westchester Magazine, they realized that building green is important in what they do. They created a monthly series of continuing education presentations for building design professionals, highlighting energy-efficiency and sustainability as we head towards a carbon-neutral built environment.
    Murphy Brothers Contracting is vitally concerned with the impact of their work on the environment, and the people who use their buildings. The company has developed the philosophy that building green is simply building smart. They believe that sustainable construction methods and materials are not only good for the environment - but are also good for business and the people who live and work in their buildings. 
    Murphy Brothers Contracting participated in the first Gold LEED for Homes project and the first NAHB Gold-Certified home, and is currently working on the first multifamily project designed to FitWel-certification.             
     
    Sign up for a free webclass to discover how easy it is to get ultra-efficient geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home – without the pain of emptying your savings account.
     
    In “The Power Of Earth With Comfort” From Climate Master webclass, you’ll discover the answers every homeowner needs to know, including:
    How geothermal heating and cooling can draw energy from the ground beneath our feet (for pennies) Why homeowners everywhere are making the switch The secrets to securing utility incentives and tax credits to pay for a large portion of your new geothermal system  
    and much more…
    If you tired of rising energy costs and want to save up to 70% on your energy bills, Go to www.AWESomeEarthKind.com and register now for this FREE special event that will show you exactly how to get geothermal heating and cooling installed in your home
    We’d like to hear from you! Please help us understand how AWESomeEarthKind can help you achieve your clean energy goals – and you’ll automatically be entered into a Sweepstakes for a Free LED Light Fixture:
    SEND YOUR FEEDBACK TODAY
     
    SuperNova #1. If you're an investor developer, that's listening to this podcast you're going to learn something about making a better building. The one thing you never want to do is leave money on the table. If you don't investigate these opportunities, you are literally leaving money on the table.
     
    SuperNova #2. Turn the lights off when you’re not using them. If you’re not using a room or a part of your building, turn the temperature down. Just do it. Figure it out. There’s so much that your house has plugged in that you don’t need. Unplug it. You’re wasting energy.
     
    SuperNova #3. The rule

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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Counselor38 ,

Informative, exciting, and inspiring

Listening to Ron gets one very excited about reducing our carbon footprint. He is so passionate about what he talks about that it is contagious. He also provides a variety of resources that we can utilize to make our world a better place. Thanks Ron for all that you do for our environment.

roblongley ,

Everything You Need To Know About Earth Energy

Ron covers all aspects of solar, geothermal and other earth energy options. He covers new products, improvements in technology and ways to save money while saving the earth at the same time. Lots of good information.

David Zman ,

Awesome Podcast

I’m fairly new to the environmental profession and I find myself learning something new and interesting every time I listen to the podcast.

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