It’s no secret that we’ve been having some exceptionally nice weather in El Dorado Hills, Folsom, and Sacramento lately. Spring is here, and summer isn’t far behind. California residents know that it won’t be long until the sweltering heat becomes an everyday reality. Unsurprisingly, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your home’s AC unit.
Friday, March 20th marked the first total solar eclipse of the New Solar Age. Grid operators and power producers were unsure of how the loss of such production was going to affect the grid during a peak power consumption time. See how Germany’s power grid coped with this unique situation.
El Dorado Hills and Greater Sacramento residents owe it to themselves to ensure that they’re getting the most out of their homes’ energy efficiency. Identifying problems that might exist, however, is typically the most difficult part of the challenge. The fact is air loss can occur in a number of different ways. Understanding where air loss is most likely to affect your home is the first step towards fixing the issue.
Think about your home heating and cooling systems for a moment. If you’re not used to experiencing issues, there’s a good chance that you don’t really think about them on a daily basis. When was the last time you actually looked into how well your home’s heating and cooling systems are functioning? The solution exists in the form of heating and cooling maintenance, and the benefits are undeniable.
I am intensely curious about people’s energy habits. Being a building scientist, most of my day is spent documenting, fixing, and reporting on the energy usage of someone’s actual home. This includes things like how efficient their appliances are, or how much insulation they have. However, occupant behavior is the largest factor in someone’s utility bill.
From now until March 31, 2015, all CaliforniaFIRST homeowners who submit a signed assessment contract and complete a project in partnership with California Energy Services will receive:
- A $250 incentive check for projects with minimum cost of $10,000 and max of $19,999
- A $500 incentive check for any projects that cost more than $20,000
Take a close look at the solar industry, and it’s clear that things are moving in a positive direction. Interest in clean energy is growing at an impressive rate, and for good reason. California News has reported strong job growth rates in the clean energy industries, and the market is expected to grow by 17% this year. If you’ve been considering going solar, now is the time to get things off the ground.