Water efficiency is one area that I usually choose comfort over conservation. Most “low-flow” fixtures that I have used end up taking me twice as long, are twice as frustrating, and use the same amount of water. I was pleasantly surprised when I gave this one a shot in my own home. As part of the PG&E / SMUD Home Performance Basic Path, customers were required to install a thermostatic control valve shower head in their bathrooms.
Across Northern California it’s starting to heat up. It reached 82 degrees in my house today! I was just using my heater less than a week ago, so the weather is turning quickly. It’s important to get your air conditioner ready for the heat now before you need it the most. Here are a couple quick tips to make sure you aren’t caught off guard.
Our homes are split between us that work at the company that want to fiddle with our homes, automate our lives, and analyze all the data; and our significant others that just want to be comfortable, and things to work when they need them to.
The Bipartisan Policy Center released a report on February 27, 2013 that encourages building on top of current efficiency gains. California continues to lead the way in energy efficiency and programs that encourage energy efficiency. The report encourages the extension of current federal, state, and local programs.