If your solar panels generate more energy than you need in a given day, the excess energy is funneled back to the utility grid. Many states, including California, have what’s called “net metering,” which means homeowners that deliver energy generated by solar to the grid will actually get credited at the same retail price that they would otherwise pay for to take from the grid.
While a constant flow of cool, clean air can certainly help to make the dog days of summer more comfortable, there’s no getting around the fact that overuse of an air conditioning unit can lead to both higher energy bills and a decreased lifespan of your cooling equipment. This doesn’t mean that you need to endure the heat of summer without AC, though—it just means you need to be a bit more mindful of your usage patterns.
Many homeowners go year after year without realizing that they have air leakage problems within the home that need to be addressed. Fortunately, even the worst examples of these issues are usually fixable, and there are a few things you can do to see if you might have a problem on your hands.
The warm weather is here once again, which means Sacramento homeowners are beginning to turn their air conditioning units back on for the first time of the year. One important thing to take into consideration, however, is the fact that your AC has been sitting dormant for the past handful of months. When you turn it back on for the first time after a long while, you could be spreading dirt, debris and other pollutants throughout your home.