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If every household in America improved their heating efficiency by 16 percent, it would have the same impact as taking all cars in the state of California off the road. Accomplishing this technical feat is manageable, and it doesn’t require a solar panel on every roof.

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I admit I haven't done a lot of research, but my sense is that there aren't a lot of good casual tequila drinks. You can make margaritas if you want to bust out the blender and the ice. You can do tequila shots if you want to get hammered. But is there any tasty, relaxed tequila option? —Lazy Cuervo

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An Added Bonus of Solar Panels: They Keep Buildings Cool

Solar panels don't only convert sunlight into energy. They also help cool the roofs and buildings that they grace.

When New York rolled out a solar map of the city, I wrote that, as a renter, I didn’t have a strong financial incentive to urge my landlord to go solar: I’d only save about $31 each year. But a new study from the University of California at San Diego suggests there’s another incentive for installing solar panels on a building, particularly for someone who lives on the top floor like I do. The UC-San Diego research found that in addition to absorbing sunlight and converting it to energy, solar panels help cool roofs and buildings.

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What was your strategy for beating the heat this summer? Popsicles, cold washcloths, endless trips to the beach, or maybe just camping out in front of the open fridge? GOOD wants you to send in your favorite photos of your tricks for staying cool this summer, even as the mercury soared. ??

We'll select 10 to 20 photos to create a collaborative slideshow. Then we’ll invite you, the GOOD community, to choose your favorite images. The winning submission will be printed in our next issue, and the photographer will get a GOOD T-shirt and a free subscription (or gift subscription).

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