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Why Do I Feel Tired Throughout the Day?

Why Do I Feel Tired Throughout the Day?

Do you often feel like you are overly tired throughout the day? There could be several reasons for this, and you need to make sure that you address them so you can get the rest that you need. While it is natural to get a little tired towards the end of the day, it is not natural to feel tired throughout the entire day. Here are some of the reasons why you might feel a little too tired throughout the day.

Lack of Sleep

The most obvious reason as to why you might feel a little too tired throughout the day is that you had a bad night’s sleep the night before. Fatigue and sleep deprivation can hit us harder than we might imagine. You might think that you have managed to get enough sleep, but the reality is that you are not getting a good quality of rest, and this will contribute to your overall exhaustion.

We need to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. The recommendation of 8 hours is a good starting point but some people need a little more, others a little less. It is better to work out how much you need and go from there.

You should also look at the quality of your sleep. If you feel like you toss and turn all night, or that you can lie for hours awake in the dark, you are going to feel the effects later. Taking steps to improve your sleep, possibly with the help of a sleep science app or some changes to your evening routine, could make all the difference in how tired you feel throughout the day. Get a better night’s sleep overall, and you should wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the new day.

Not Enough Food

We need food to power our days. If you feel like you are overly tired, it might be because you are not consuming enough calories to keep moving forward. After all, a calorie is a unit of energy. You need to make sure that you are eating enough to have the energy to do whatever your day needs from you.

Different people will require different amounts of food. As a rule, men usually need to eat more calories than women to feel full and able to take on their goals. However, there are some who might need a little more still. If you have a particularly physical job, such as if you are in the emergency services or an athlete of some sort, you will often find that you need to eat more so you have the energy to be able to complete the tasks that you might have to undertake each day. Starting the day with a good breakfast and then continuing with other meals and snacks should provide you with the energy that you need to get through your day.

The Right Quality of Food

Eating enough food is only half the equation here – you also need to make sure that you are eating the right quality of food too. There are certain foods that will be better for you nutritionally, and will help to deliver energy to your body in just the right way.

Let’s go back to the idea of a good breakfast to start your day with. You need to pick something that is packed with energy that will release slowly throughout the morning, especially if you know that you are not going to be able to eat again until much later in the day. For this reason, oats are a great option. You could have a good bowl of porridge, or you could try making overnight oats. Both are fantastic options that will break your fast and should provide you with energy throughout the day.

Try to avoid junk food and anything with too much sugar. Sugary foods are good in a pinch if you need something that is going to pick you up and get you through the next little bit. However, too much sugar could cause a crash a little while later and could leave you feeling worse than before. Try to stick to food that is of a good nutritional value – it will be much better for you throughout the day.

Too Much Time with Screens

You might spend all of your time at work glued to a computer monitor, only to browse social media for your entire commute home, then to sit down in front of the TV all evening. This will result in too much time on your screens, and could lead to eye strain and other issues.

If your eyes are a little bit strained, you could very well feel like you are tired because of it. It might be a good idea to invest in some eyedrops and practice a few little exercises to help your eyes refocus and calm a little if you can’t step back from the screens.

You should also try to cut down on your screen usage as much as you can. If you stare at your phone during a commute on public transport, consider swapping this out for a podcast or audiobook. You won’t be severing your connection to your phone entirely, but you won’t be looking at the screen. These patterns can also be extended at home. Instead of watching your favorite TV show all evening, think about reading a book or trying some other activity that does not involve a screen.

An Underlying Medical Issue

Of course, it is worth mentioning that you might have a yet undiagnosed medical condition that could be causing your fatigue. While there are many different ones, one of the most common is anaemia, usually caused by a lack of iron.

If you feel like you have tried some of the points above and still feel like you are overly tired and fatigued throughout the day, you should think about speaking to your doctor. They might be able to give you a blood test to find out if you do have some sort of underlying medical condition that could be affecting your energy levels. Even if you are sleeping poorly, they might be able to refer you on to a sleep clinic or some other trial where you could get the help you need.

Take Steps to Improve Your Days Now

While it is normal to wake up feeling a little groggy and disorientated, it is not normal for that feeling to continue throughout the day. You need to make sure that you address any issue that might stopping you from enjoying your days to the fullest. Make sure that you get the rest you need so you can push forward and take on whatever your day has in store for you to the best of your abilities.

It could be a really simple fix, like the need for a higher quality of food, or it could be something that needs a little more work on your part. However, you should take the time to address any concerns you might have. Before you know it, you could be getting out of bed fully energized and ready to take on the day!

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Iconic Texas Auto Group Goes Green

Cavender Auto Group is the first auto dealer group in San Antonio to install solar carports by partnering with local company, Big Sun Solar. The iconic auto company tapped Big Sun Solar to build and install solar carports at five of its San Antonio-area dealerships and its recently-announced Cavender Collision Center at Wetmore Road. The carports will provide Cavender’s inventory of vehicles with protection from inclement South Texas weather while providing valuable renewable energy savings on their electric bills.

Cavender has been working to incorporate sustainability initiatives into its operations, and determined investing in solar energy was its next step. The decision greatly enhances the customer experience for Cavender car buyers by providing shade and decreasing the interior temperature of the vehicles during the summer months.

Installation of the solar carports is nearly complete at Cavender Buick GMC West Loop 1604 at Culebra Road. Cavender Cadillac and Land Rover San Antonio are underway, and the remaining San Antonio-area locations will follow.

The locations include:

– Cavender Buick GMC West — 7400 West Loop 1604

– Cavender Cadillac — 7625 North Loop 1604

– Cavender Chevrolet — 30700 IH-10, Boerne, TX

– Land Rover of San Antonio –13660 West Interstate 10

– Cavender Buick GMC North — 17811 San Pedro Avenue

– Cavender Collision Center —  Wetmore Road (opening Fall 2021)

– Cavender Grande Ford — 4562 IH-10 East (opening TBD)

Big Sun Solar, formerly known as Go Smart Solar, has expanded rapidly since its founding in 2016 and has built more solar carports than any other company in Texas, indicating the region’s increasing demand for clean energy.

Cavender Auto Group President, Bobby Cavender, expressed his excitement about the company’s investment in sustainability.

“Solar carports make perfect sense for Cavender Auto Group. Their energy lowers our electric bills, they provide shade for our customers and protection from damaging hail storms,” said Cavender. “We are thrilled to be the first auto group in San Antonio to embrace solar carports and we are grateful to Big Sun Solar for making it happen.”

Robert Miggins, CEO and Co-Founder of Big Sun Solar, expressed his excitement and gratitude to the San Antonio businesses investing in a more sustainable community.

“The momentum to build a more green city is growing,” said Miggins. “Solar has been available for many years, but with recent innovations, it has become more accessible for more people. Cavender Auto Group is one of the many businesses that are taking another step toward reducing their carbon footprint and improving the customer experience. San Antonio is a top-10 city in the United States for solar energy because its residents and corporate citizens value sound financial investments that also produce clean energy. Cavender is a shining example of this philosophy.”

About Big Sun Solar

Trusted by leading brands such as Cavender, Baywood Hotels, and Rush Enterprises, Big Sun Solar is #1 in customer service for Texas businesses. While every project is designed for maximum financial returns for their clients, it’s Big Sun’s Net Promoter Score of 88 that sets them apart as an industry leader. They have over 45 years of combined experience in rooftop, carport, and ground-mount solar systems coupled with experience from partnering directly with CPS Energy to build 5 megawatts (MW) of community-owned solar power. For more information on the company or to inquire about solar ownership, visit their website

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Q×A with Page Kennedy

ACTOR & RAPPER PAGE KENNEDY JOINS 360 MAGAZINE FOR SOME Q&A

By: Heather Skovlund-Reibsamen

Page Kennedy is well known as a rapper and actor within our entertainment industry. Kennedy’s recent acting skills brought him to play “Duck” on Netflix’s “The Upshaws”, one of their newest series to hit streaming platforms starring alongside Kim Fields (Regina Upshaw), Mike Epps (Bennie Upshaw), and Wanda Skyes (Lucretia). He is also known for his roles in “Blue Mountain State”, “Weeds” and his comedic genius skits shared on Instagram and TikTok.

Kennedy’s self-titled album ‘Page’ was released in February 2021 featuring heavyweight rappers Xzibit and Method Man is available now on all streaming platforms – make sure you go check it out!

360 Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing Page Kennedy where we discussed “The Upshaws”, his character ‘Duck’, music, and his fitness journey. We had an amazing conversation about his media roles, the love for Eminem, and also found out that we both favor Cardi B because of the way she represents herself: “Cardi B makes me feel like I know her”, said Kennedy.

Read on to hear about our conversation with Page!

Your Netflix series, “The Upshaws”, came out today- how do you feel about working with it?

PK: I love it, you know I was a part of it, and I still watch the series multiple times. I can’t get tired of it. I can just go to any episode and watch it- it has so many great jokes and the characters are diverse, and they bring their own style, energy and creativity. I think it’s the funniest show on TV.

How is it working with the cast?

PK: Working with the cast is great. You know, you got legends there. You’ve got Kim Fields, the ultimate foremost legend, Mike Epps who is a comic genius, Wanda Skyes- comic genius. They are good people, and everybody is happy to be here, so it makes it fun.

Do you feel that you have any similar traits to your character Duck within yourself?

PK: I’ve been asked that question and, let me see, I look at Duck as a different character than what I typically play. The only similarity that I see between me and Duck is his loyalty. He is loyal to a fault. You know, he spent 7-10 years in jail where he could have gotten less time where he could have ratted out his friend who could have been his co-defendant, but he just took it. I think I have a loyalty like Duck. Other than that, he’s a little different than me.

Let’s talk about your latest album. How did you feel about the creative direction within the videos for “Fear” and “Safe”? How did you work through the process of such a real and raw album?

PK: I wanted to make use of all of my talents to create an art- that was my goal. My goal was to take the amalgamation of talents that I have to coalesce to create art that could be ubiquitous forever. You know, that’s what I feel I accomplished because things are great 20 years from now and it’s still going to be great. You can still listen to Biggie because it’s incredible, it’s timeless and that’s what I wanted to do. I feel like I accomplished that.

Can you tell us about the song “Shine”?

PK: I think that the album needed some respite because it’s very heavy and after you listen to Fear and Safe, it’s so cumbersome that you need some respite. And so that’s what Shine provides. It still takes a look at how difficult 2019 was personally for me and then 2020 was for everyone. The face of darkness, there is light after, and I wanted to show that the Devil will not take that light away. We will shine.

Can you tell us about your album cover?

PK: The cover of the album is confluence of tragic incident of black Americans who have had their lives taken from them at the hands of police brutality. That confluence is to show that they are me. You know, they all make up me; I am the same as them and so I wanted to, through me, show them. Wait until you get to the song “Flowers”, that is my favorite song on the album.

At the end of some of your videos, there is mention of voting- what are you trying to show viewers?

PK: So, creating Fear was so I could galvanize the troops to go vote because we can’t just yell from the rafters “We are being disrespected”, “We are being overlooked”. We have to actually get in the dirt and, you know, do things that cause change. Our biggest voice was our vote. The virality of those videos was to have the embolism of to vote throughout the video. To help people want to get out and vote after they see the deleterious effects of what fear can do on both sides so that’s why you see that throughout the videos.

Let’s talk about your fitness journey. What motivated you to get started?

PK: I got tired of looking at myself in movies and TV fat as hell and I was more attractive in my head than I was externally, so I wanted to match that.

So, there’s a lot of excuses that I think many people use such as “I can’t afford to go to the gym” or “I hurt too much to do this”. How did you push past your own excuses?

PK: I have an additive personality so once I get into something, I’m locked in and I got my mind right and ready. I had help, a tool to help me out with the point of why I was overweight which was my addiction to food. And so, I got gastro sleeve surgery which made my stomach smaller so that I couldn’t overeat. That helped. That was like the catalyst to help me and the working out thing- I already had that down. I had challenges where I would workout 100 straight days and another challenge where I went a straight year of working out without missing any days. My mind was already set to go to the gym, I just needed to get the food stuff right.

Do you still workout consistently?

PK: Yep, I’m still in it. Even when the gyms were closed, I found a way to get the workout in.

What advice would you offer somebody as far as starting out on their journey? If they were with you and undecided about their journey because of lack of motivation.

PK: I would say to make it something that is a part of your daily life that you don’t have a choice of. You don’t have a choice if you need to go to the bathroom or not, you don’t have a choice whether you like eating or not. These are things that must happen regardless of what you want or not. So, if you make the gym or workout a part of that, you take the lack of motivation away. We can have things taken away for us and see how resilient we could be. If you’re in jail or in a weight loss camp or anywhere that caused your free will to be taken away and you are forced to do something, you can do it because you have to. So why have to be in a situation where some other exterior force forces you to when you have a mind and brain that is going to be the thing to make you do it anyway.

Do you have a specific meal plan?

PK: Sometimes, yes. I go in spurts. Some weeks I have no carbs and no sugar. Then some weeks I am a little looser. I just try to be moderate because I could easily go really far one way or really far the other way. It’s not until I’m actually preparing for something that I go super crazy. Other than that, I just try and stay in striking range.

Do you allow yourself to have treats?

PK: Yep, probably more than I should.

What kind of workouts do you do?

PK: Well, when I get off the phone with you, I have a trainer, so I am going to the gym. Wednesday is leg day, which sucks. I work out with a trainer 3-4 days a week and then two other days I have an Oculus virtual reality thing that I do a supernatural workout on or I ride my bike for 20 miles to the beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Is there anything else that you’d like to talk about or anything that you’d like to share with our readers?

PK: I just want them to the importance of the album “Page” and how it’s important to everyone in the world right to be aware of everything that happening right now and everything that’s going on. And that if this album was released by a bigger artist, it would be a Grammy-nominated type of album – that’s how important this album is. I just implore everyone to continue to listen to it and check it out because I think it’s necessary. That’s the main thing that I want- and watch “The Upshaws” on Netflix streaming now.

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Hydration Benefits

The best ways to hydrate & the benefits of alkaline water.

We all know that water is foundational to our well-being. Our health and our life depend on it. Yet, an estimated 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, a figure that is exacerbated by the constant consumption of caffeinated beverages, alcohol and diets high in sodium. We’ve all experienced fatigue, irritability, headaches, or a foggy mind from dehydration. So why not pay more attention to how we hydrate? The simple act of drinking refreshing alkaline water, monitoring consumption, and developing better hydration habits can boost energy, support skin and immune health, and so much more. Here’s how you can get started.

What is Alkaline Water?

Alkaline water has a higher pH level, typically 8 or 9, as opposed to regular water which taps out around 7. Water with a higher pH can help balance the acid in your body, support a healthy immune system, keep things moving, and ultimately achieve a more premium state of hydration. For these and many other benefits, alkaline water has been deemed the go-to water option in achieving optimum hydration.

One brand we recommend is, Perfect Hydration (pH) Alkaline Water, which has a pH level of 9.5 and a unique blend of electrolyte minerals, without the sodium and chlorine used by most other water brands. Ultra-purified and ionized, pH’s 9 stage-filtration process also results in an incredibly crisp and refreshing taste, making it easier to consume higher quantities of water at a time.

Who should drink alkaline water?

Short answer – everyone! Alkaline is safe to drink at all ages and stages of life. Over the past year as many people transitioned to work from home due to the pandemic, alkaline water has become a popular choice for consumers looking to support their immune health, particularly those increasingly seeking solutions that can be easily incorporated into their daily routines.  

Alkaline water has also been adopted by many top tier athletes – including Julian Edelman (NFL Wide Receiver), Alfonzo McKinnie (NBA Player), Livlo Golding (Fitness Expert), Summer Fenton (Professional Snowboarder) and Sierra Blair Coyle (Professional Rock Climber) – who have all partnered with Perfect Hydration to keep their bodies in a peak, hydrated state for ultimate performance. Any athlete knows that water consumption to replace sweat loss is essential in thermoregulation and preventing cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and more.

In the hot, summer months, hydration becomes even more important. Avoiding products with high sugar and sodium levels is key among health-minded individuals who are swapping complicated, sugar-dense beverages with functional beverages that serve the body.

What Alkaline Water Can Do For You

Beyond hydration and immunity, alkaline water is believed to have properties that aid in:

  • detoxifying the body
  • weight loss
  • cancer resistance
  • colon-cleansing
  • reducing bone loss
  • reducing headaches and inflammation
  • stress management
  • improving metabolism and digestion

Size Matters

In attempting to keep the body in an optimum state of hydration, consuming adequate quantities water is key. Recommended daily intake of water ranges from about 11-16 cups or 88-128 oz. But the average intake among Americans is about 3.9 cups per day, indicating that small sips from a glass throughout the day just isn’t enough. Keeping a liter or more on hand at all times allows you to track the amount of water you are consuming to ensure your hydration goals are met.

Perfect Hydration recently launched a 1.5 liter bottle and one-gallon bottle at select Ralph’s stores in southern California and CVS stores across the US. These new sizes are flying off the shelves as consumers call for function, value and convenience in every water product they purchase.

Currently Trending…

The alkaline water industry is catching on to consumer’s desire for packaging beyond plastic, pushing beverage leaders to think about their sustainability practices. This year, Perfect Hydration is launching their premium, enhanced water in 16.9 oz. recyclable aluminum cans to meet the growing demand for functionality, hydration, and sustainability. They are also converting their 1-liter, 1.5-liter and 1-gallon bottles to post-consumer recycled plastic (rPET) as a part of their commitment to serve the wellness of consumers and the health of the planet.

Unlike other brands that mine water sheds and mineral springs, pH uses US-based renewable water sources. They don’t have to ship water to or from remote locations across the globe, which means lower carbon emissions as a result of less freight. In addition, Perfect Hydration’s current bottles are made of BPA-free, 100% recyclable PET-1, which is the most commonly recycled plastic on the planet.

Perfect Hydration is also an Official Supporter of the American Red Cross, offering $250k in donations that benefit disaster relief and blood services programs. 

Their model proves proper hydration can be achieved in tandem with eco-conscious and community-based efforts.

A Bright Future

It may not surprise you that global sales and consumption of alkaline water continues to steadily rise, with sales growth consistent at more than 40% per year since 2013, according to a report by Zenith Global. Its benefits are wide reaching, and the crisp taste has consumers coming back for more.

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Why Detox Now

By: Edward Jones, founder of  Nutrition World

Are you ready to restart your health similar to how we reset our phones when they get slow and sluggish? The cumulative effects of living, eating and breathing in our toxic world are very often causing our bodys to be sluggish, decreasing our energy, brain function,  producing weight gain and reducing the quality of our life.  

I have been counseling people for more than four decades on the subject of detox for the betterment of their health through my wellness clinic and personal education. Observing my clients over the years has clearly shown me the vital importance of effective therapies regarding detoxification in order to attain results to optimize their health. I will be offering you three steps to effective and healthy detox methods in this article.   

The science of detoxification of every single living organism has been intensively studied and its biochemistry illustrates its varied mechanisms of action. The mere fact that nature placed highly efficient detox pathways within all living creatures confirms its vital importance to the continuation of life. Traditional medicine does not recognize the negative effects of toxins like hormone disruptors, mold, pesticides, fungicides, carcinogens, and the list goes on and on. Even in the best situations where we embrace organic foods daily and clean lifestyle we continue to be exposed to toxins from vaccines, mold in the workplace or home, pharmaceuticals, water, skin care products, suntan lotions, chemicals like Roundup (which is found in almost all foods), and the list goes on and is almost endless. The body has only so much capacity within its system of detox and clearly these days the body is often at or beyond capacity in many individuals.

One of the most stunning studies performed showing the potential serious concerns of toxins in our daily life was on analyzing umbilical cord blood. Not that long ago, scientists believed that the placenta shielded cord blood — and the developing baby — from most chemicals and pollutants in the environment. In the study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals in umbilical cord blood. The blood harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients and wastes from gasoline and garbage. Information such as this can motivate people toward the clear need for detoxification. The first step in assisting anyone with his or her health is making sure they clearly understand and believe in the process itself. Many traditional healthcare practitioners often do not use detoxification as part of their toolbox. This makes education a top priority to achieve success.

For the majority of individuals when they hear the word “detox” they are thinking colon and going to the bathroom. We know regularity does have a place in lessening toxins, but I am more concerned with cellular detox for most of my clients. I always address the issue of regularity and the need to work towards regular bowel movements, but too many so called natural cleansers are nothing more than hidden laxatives. Ingredients such as aloe, cascara, chinese rhubarb, and of course senna are often addictive and are simply cleansing what was eaten over the past few days and not cellular detox.  Nutrition World is very aware of this issue and is devoted to honest education when speaking to customers on this issue. I encourage anyone considering detox products to be an informed consumer. 

Three steps to finding an effective and healthy detox method:

My first recommendation for reducing the toxic load within our cells is fasting. I find intermittent fasting five days a week by eating within an 8 to 10 hour window and not eating the remainder of the day and night is very effective for everyone.  This offers benefits regarding weight loss, insulin balancing, sleep, optimizing glucose levels, and improving brain function.  

Sweating is option number two. Toxins are generally located within the fatty cells and increasing body temperature releases the toxins. I prefer a dry heat sauna for 30 minutes several times a week.  Of course sweating of any kind will be of benefit regardless of how it is done.  

The third option is the consideration of taking nutraceutical and botanical supplements in the form of a detox plan. No one ingredient will accomplish this goal which is why I have three methods of supplementation with natural remedies that further accelerate the process of optimal cleansing. The level of toxicity will determine which detox bundle to consider. You can learn more about the right supplement detox plan for you through my education podcast, The Holistic Navigator. Remember to always consult with your healthcare professional before using any products if you have a health condition.

Source: Chemical analyses of 10 umbilical cord blood samples were conducted by AXYS Analytical Services (Sydney, BC) and Flett Research Ltd. (Winnipeg, MB).

Biography: Edward Jones, is a holistic health expert who has spent a lifetime dedicated to educating consumers about healthy living through his famed Nutrition World, and the preventative health practitioner venue he founded and directs, The Wellness Corner, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since opening his doors at Nutrition World in 1979, Jones has presented at hundreds of nutrition and health events, conducted numerous media interviews, and has written and contributed to multiple publications, including the book, “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health.” Known to many as a navigator of health, Jones is the host of “The Holistic Navigator” podcast that airs weekly to educate consumers about the latest science and trends in nutritional intervention, with the objective to help others take control of their own health. An adventurer at heart, and passionate pilot, Jones practices what he teaches through his highly successful wellness centers that are accessible virtually throughout the country. He is an avid exerciser, salsa dancer, traditional archer and devout meditator. Jones once set an “unofficial” world record in 2004 by achieving 285 pull-ups in one hour and for his 63rd birthday he recorded completing 63 continuous push-ups. Through proper exercise, good food choices and nutritional supplementation, Jones believes you can lead a fulfilled, adventurous life, no matter your age, as he has helped thousands of people on the path toward health and wellness.

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California Ranks 3rd in Nation for Clean Energy Jobs

Clean energy jobs paid 25% more than the national median wage in 2019 and were more likely to include health care and retirement benefits, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of federal occupational wage and benefits data prepared for E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) by BW Research Partnership.

The Clean Jobs, Better Jobs report is the first comprehensive analysis of wages and benefits across the clean energy sector. According to the report, workers in renewable energy, energy efficiency, grid modernization and storage, clean fuels and clean vehicles earned a median hourly wage of $23.89 in 2019 compared with the national median wage of $19.14. In addition, jobs in many clean energy sectors are more likely to be unionized and come with health care and retirement benefits than the rest of the private sector, the analysis shows.

Clean Jobs, Better Jobs comes amid the growing national dialogue around clean energy as federal and state leaders look for ways to restart the economy. The findings underscore the opportunity to advance smart clean energy policies that create higher-wage opportunities putting Americans back to work quickly rebuilding a cleaner, more resilient and more equitable economy. The report also provides detailed wage, benefit, education and demographic data for 15 specific clean energy occupations, and how they compare with similar jobs in other industries outside of clean energy.

Overall, median wages in clean energy are significantly higher than median wages in sectors such as retail, services, recreation and accommodations, especially when it comes to entry-level wages. Solar energy workers earn $24.48 an hour, while wind and grid modernization jobs pay on average more than $25 an hour. Energy efficiency – the largest employer in the nation’s energy sector – supports a median hourly wage of $24.44, about 28% above the national median.

Many clean energy jobs also paid better than fossil fuel jobs. Jobs in coal, natural gas and petroleum fuels paid $24.37 an hour, while solar and wind jobs combined for a $24.85 median hourly wage. Clean energy industries also employed about three times more workers than fossil fuels did in 2019, and, unlike fossil fuel jobs, clean energy jobs are available in every state, regardless of geology or geography.

Before COVID-19, clean energy had been one of the nation’s fastest-growing sectors. At the end of 2019, clean energy employed nearly 3.4 million workers across 99% of U.S. counties, according to E2’s Clean Jobs America report.

Bob Keefe, Executive Director at E2, said:

“This is just one more indication that focusing on clean energy is the smart thing to do as lawmakers look to rebuild our economy and get Americans back to work.

“These jobs pay better, come with better benefits – and they’re also helping fight climate change and the growing economic costs that come with it. We need policies that ensure these good-paying jobs continue to grow and are available to every American in every state.”

Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), said:

“More renewable energy means more high-quality jobs with good pay and better benefits for more Americans. Investing in these jobs is both smart for the economy and essential for the climate. With the right policies in place, the renewable industry can put people to work powering our nation’s economic recovery – as it did in 2009 – and play a critical role in achieving the greenhouse gas emissions reductions scientists say are necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”

Becca Ward, Acting Executive Director of CELI, said:

“Emerging leaders know the future of energy is clean energy. This report illustrates that clean energy careers are already a critical part of the economy and the recovery from COVID-19. Now the essential work is to ensure that in the greater energy transition, these benefits and opportunities are centered in equity and the frontline communities most impacted by climate change, COVID-19, and ongoing racial injustices.”

Phil Jordan, Vice President and Principal at BW Research Partnership, said:

“The U.S. economy has shed millions of jobs since the onset of COVID-19. Clean energy investments can create new opportunities for these displaced workers, in jobs that pay more and are more likely to include benefits than the average jobs lost during the pandemic.”

State Findings

Clean energy industries in six states paid wages at least 20% higher than the statewide median, led by California (29.2%), Texas (27.6%) and Louisiana (24.9%). Six states plus the District of Columbia (D.C.) had median hourly wages above $25 an hour in clean energy, led by Massachusetts ($29.80), D.C. ($27.60) and California ($27.50).

Other Report Findings

  • The unionization rate across all clean energy occupations (9%) was slightly higher than the national private-sector average (6%)
  • Common occupations – such as electrician, construction laborer, and welder – typically pay a premium when they’re involved in clean energy industries. Electricians who work in clean energy, for instance, make a median $29.64 per hour – about $2.60 more per hour than electricians overall.
  • Wage premiums for clean energy occupations are highest for entry-level positions.

For expanded findings, including detailed profiles on 15 specific clean energy occupations, download the full report here.

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Coffee Capitals of America

By Hannah DiPilato

With National Coffee Day on September 29 followed by International Coffee Day on October first, Wren Kitchen delved into the nation’s coffee-drinking habits to see which states have the greatest consumption of everyone’s favorite hot beverage. 

Their research revealed that The United States drinks 48 billion cups of coffee each year, they have discovered the number one coffee capital of the United States, and the data shows which region has the highest demand for the caffeinated favorite. 

Coffee represents much more than just a drink. It’s a wakeup call bright and early in the morning, a chance to catch up with old friends or a moment for yourself in the middle of a chaotic workday. Pouring yourself a cup of coffee in your kitchen sets you up for the busy day ahead.

There’s no doubt The United States is a coffee-loving nation and a new report by Wren Kitchens has revealed which state craves coffee the most. They have also illustrated which iconic landmarks each state could build with coffee cups based on the coffee consumption of citizens. Grab a cup of joe and read on to find out how your state ranks.

Oregon has been crowned the ultimate coffee capital drinking over 113 Empire State buildings worth of coffee every year. The Beaver State shows that it’s citizens drink the most coffee based on the demand for coffee and population size.

The state consumes more than 624 million cups of coffee per year and if you were to stack up this number of coffee cups in real life, Oregon would drink enough coffee to create 113 Empire State buildings each year. 

With Oregonians having such an appetite for their cup of Joe, search data shows that 2.1% of the states 4.2 million goes online to search for their caffeine fix each month

The second-largest coffee-loving state is Colorado. With a population of 5.7 million, the state of Colorado drinks 852 million cups of coffee every year. The search data reveals that 1.9% of Coloradans head online to look up their nearest coffee spot.

Washington state follows on the list with the third-most online coffee searches, 1.8% of the state’s population searching for java each month, and more than 1.1 billion coffees consumed each year. This is no surprise coming from the state that founded Starbucks. 

When searching to find the region that drinks the most coffee, the west coast takes the prize. With three of the top five states having the greatest demand for coffee based on the Pacific, the West Coast is the place they pay homage to the barista. Nowhere more can this be seen than California with the state sipping more than 5.8 billion cups of the steaming beans.

The data was gathered by looking at search volumes against the population and the average amount of coffee consumed per person. Data for this research was collected from worldatlas.com, statista.com, ncausa.org and The United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 

To work out the coffee capitals, volumes per state surrounding coffee were researched and were calculated as a percent of the state’s population. Then the height, area, and dimensions of landmarks in the US were looked at; before working out the number of 12oz coffee cups it would take to fill each landmark. Finally, how many times each state could cover each landmark with the number of cups of coffee they consume each year was worked out.

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Disclosure ft. Kehlani & Syd – Birthday

So far this year, GRAMMY-nominated UK duo Disclosure have released three singles that went straight for the jugular in three very different ways – the carnival-infused “ENERGY”, the hip house aural assault of My High featuring Aminé and slowthai and the current globally unifying and uplifting soundtrack to the sunshine, “Douha (Mali Mali)”featuring Fatoumata Diawara – all of which showcase the versatility and innovation harnessed by these two young, London based songwriters and producers.

Now, with the release of their third album ENERGY, is “Birthday” featuring Kehlani & Syd. Taking the tempo down to a confident yet sultry swagger, “Birthday” digs deeper in an R&B sound that the brother’s brought to the forefront of their repertoire around their second album Caracal and in fact was one of the earliest tracks they completed during the sessions in LA and quickly made the cut for the new album ENERGYListen to “Birthday” feat. Kehlani & Syd HERE and look out for the Kid Studio directed video coming Friday.

On the concept of the song, Howard explains: “Syd & I were going through a similar thing at the time, trying to work out if it was cool to call your ex to say hi or is it too awkward / mean to do so out of the blue?”

“It’s the oldest song on the album by far so has definitely stood the test of time and deservedly made the cut” adds Guy. “And the addition of Kehlani just took it to the next level and turned into a fire duet.”

To back the release, Guy & Howard have turned in one of their VIP mixes of the single, which historically have always been unreleased fan favorites when they slip them into DJ sets (see their VIP mix of Jessie Ware’s “Running” back in 2012 that set the ball rolling). Listen to the mix HERE.

Just last week Cercle invited Disclosure to perform a live DJ set from the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. Produced and broadcast by Cercle in partnership with Amazon Music the live stream saw Disclosure play in the unique and magnificent setting of the Croatian National Park. The show aired via Cercle’s Facebook page with impressive live viewing figures and has since clocked up 2M views – watch back HERE. The full set will be available on YouTube tomorrow, August 27.

On ENERGY’s release date, August 28, fans can explore Disclosure’s ‘ENERGY Minecraft Experience, an immersive meta-verse within Minecraft inspired by the vibrant world of their new record. With the help of design collective Blockworks alongside Island Records, fans can discover a square mile of rolling hills, roiling streams, and dark caverns, all of which come together in a stunning mosaic to replicate ENERGY’s earthy cover art. Deep in the caves under the land’s surface are three (literally) underground clubs inspired by iconic venues around the world, plus Guy Lawrence’s kitchen as seen in previous live streams. As players explore the realm made up of over 100 million blocks, they’ll have a chance to do some digital crate-digging, hunting for 13 hidden records including 8-bit reworks of some of the duo’s most-loved tracks. Minecraft is one of the world’s most successful computer games with 126 million monthly active players. View the trailer for Disclosure’s ‘ENERGY Minecraft Experience’ HERE. For more information and to play the game, head to https://minecraft.disclosureofficial.com/.

Disclosure – Birthday

UK duo Disclosure has released their third single of the year less than two days from the release of their newest album “ENERGY.”

The new song is titled “Birthday” and features Kehlani and Syd.

Howard and Guy, the two brothers who make up the duo, bring fans back to the R&B sound of their second album with “Birthday.” They finished the track very quickly, and it easily made the cut to be on the upcoming album.

Along with the album’s release on Friday, Disclosure will release a new music video for “Birthday.” The video is directed by Kid Studio, a duo that has worked with Disclosure before along with other artists like Future and French Montana.

Howard said the song is about relationships with exes long after a breakup. Is it still okay to call them on their birthday?

“It’s the oldest song on the album by far, so it has definitely stood the test of time and deservedly made the cut” Guy said. “The addition of Kehlani just took it to the next level and turned it into a fire duet.”

They have also partnered with Minecraft for the release of “ENERGY,” as gamers can immerse themselves into the vibrant world of the new album. Made up of over 100 million blocks, players will look for 13 hidden records. To see the trailer for Disclosure’s “ENGERGY” Minecraft Experience, you can click right here.

To listen to “Birthday,” you can click right here.

Disclosure – The Energy Minecraft Experience

With clubs closed for the foreseeable future and live music on pause, Disclosure continue to find new ways to connect with their fans. They’ve live-streamed from Guy’s house during their popular Kitchen Mix parties, hosted tutorials on Twitch, and partnered with Cercle to DJ from a cliff in Croatia, but on the release day of their ecstatic new album ENERGY, they’re inviting friends and fans to experience something even more unique. With the help of design collective Blockworks alongside Island Records, they’ve created an immersive meta-verse within Minecraft inspired by the vibrant world of their new record. Minecraft is one of the world’s most successful computer games with 126 million monthly active players. View the trailer for Disclosure’s ‘ENERGY Minecraft Experience HERE.

On ENERGY’s release date, August 28, fans can join Disclosure’s dedicated server in the video game and discover a square mile of rolling hills, roiling streams, and dark caverns, all of which come together in a stunning mosaic to replicate ENERGY’s earthy cover art. Deep in the caves under the land’s surface are three (literally) underground clubs inspired by iconic venues around the world, plus Guy Lawrence’s kitchen as seen in previous live streams. As players explore the realm made up of over 100 million blocks, they’ll have a chance to do some digital crate-digging, hunting for 13 hidden records including 8-bit reworks of some of the duo’s most-loved tracks.

The server will be live for a week, after which a version of the Minecraft map will be available for download. During that week, the land will evolve and change—a feature meant to echo the themes found on ENERGY, which deals in part with environmental concerns like reforestation and ocean repopulation. Like the record—which features hip-house ragers like the Aminé and slowthai-featuring “My High” alongside sunnier, uplifting cuts like “Douha (Mali Mali)”—the Disclosure Minecraft server is meant to be diverse and full of life. Never static, never simple.

In addition to scattering hidden songs around the map, Disclosure will also soundtrack the experience with a megamix featuring material from ENERGY and classics from across their catalog, offering fans a truly immersive way to experience this new chapter in their career.

A decade on from their debut single, Guy and Howard Lawrence are still finding new ways to fill their delightful dance tracks with euphoric new energies. Whether it’s through working with a vivid array of collaborators like Mick Jenkins, Channel Tres, Kehlani, and Kelis (all of whom appear on ENERGYamong many others), or pushing the boundaries of their textured productions, they’re constantly evolving, which is a huge part of what’s made them exciting to critics and fans alike. Even as much of the real world remains stuck inside, Disclosure are continuing to offer what they have since the very beginning: new worlds to explore.

Pre-Order ENERGY HERE

Track Listing – ENERGY

  1. Watch Your Step (Kelis)
  2. Lavender (Channel Tres)
  3. My High (Aminé & slowthai)
  4. Who Knew? (Mick Jenkins)
  5. (Douha) Mali Mali(Fatoumata Diawara)
  6. Fractal (Interlude)
  7. Ce n’est pas (Blick Bassy)
  8. ENERGY (Eric Thomas)
  9. Thinking ‘Bout You (Interlude)
  10. Birthday (Kehlani & Syd)
  11. Reverie (Common)