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Thursday, March 18, 2011

lake county energy watch

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Ready to get energy efficient …

     but concerned about the cost?

The CHF Residential Energy Retrofit Program makes it possible for residents of Lake County to finance energy upgrades to your home with grants and a 3% fixed interest rate 15-year loan. Replacing windows, sealing air spaces, insulating walls, floors, ceiling or roof, and upgrading heating and cooling equipment are just a few examples of energy efficiency work that can significantly reduce your household energy consumption and slash your energy bills.


With thousands of dollars in rebates and incentives available with financing options and grants through CHF, it's the right time to plan your home energy upgrade!


The benefits:

·          Increase energy efficiency

·          Create a more comfortable home

·          Potentially lower your utility bills

·          Potentially increase your home's value


Replacing Old Windows Really Pays Off…

Traditional window materials used in houses across the United States – single glass pane and later doublepane clear glass – do a poor job of keeping out the cold and excessive heat. If you have these windows in your home, you are likely spending hundreds of dollars a year more in home heating and cooling costs than you would with the latest ENERGY STAR-qualified windows.

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Considering Solar, but unsure where to begin?


How a PV System Works…

Solar electric systems, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, convert sunlight into electricity. Because they are made up of individual modules, PV systems can be designed to meet most electrical requirements, both large and small. The size of a residential PV system is expressed in terms of kilowatts (kW) of power, and the electricity produced by a PV system is expressed in kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy. Systems are said to be “grid-connected” when they remain plugged into the local utility. Grid-connected PV systems may have a battery back-up system, but most do not. Battery back-up is typically used for off-grid systems and provides power at night when the sun is not shining. Grid-connected systems rely on their utility to provide power at night. Maintenance requirements for PV systems are minimal: they may require occasional cleaning for optimal performance, and often require a new inverter after 10-15 years.  Read more...


Additional information on Residential Solar from PG&E on the California Solar Initiative (CSI) can be found Here


Energy Efficiency Corner

PG&E maintains an interactive Energy Efficiency site that helps you identify ways to save energy year-round, energy-saving home renovation ideas, and tips on what to look for when purchasing appliances.

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