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Friday, JuLY 1, 2011



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CARE (California Alternative Rates for Energy)

The CARE program provides a monthly discount on energy bills for income-qualified households and housing facilities. Qualifications are based on the number of persons living in your home and your total annual household income.  To determine if your household meets the program guidelines Read more.  For the application Click here


FERA (Family Electric Rate Assistance)


The FERA program provides a monthly discount on electric bills for income-qualified households of three or more persons.  To determine if your household meets the requirements Read more. For the application Click here


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Free Class: Planning a Zero Energy New or Existing Home in California


Lake County Energy Watch will present a free class designed to educate attendees (intended for architects, builders, home performance contractors, designers, engineers and utility staff) on “Planning a Zero Energy New or Existing Home in California.”  The concept of a net Zero Energy Home (ZEH) is to reduce electrical loads to the point that the home's photovoltaic system annually supplies as much electricity to the utility grid as the home uses. Not only does it require a clear understanding of the climate, building enclosure and internal loads, but the house also must be monitored upon completion to evaluate its actual performance.


Planning a Zero Energy New or Existing Home in California” will be held Thursday, July 21, 2011 from

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Lodge at Blue Lakes, 5135 Hwy 20 in Upper Lake.  Registration is required to ensure your space in the class.  To sign up please visit the Lake County Energy Watch webpage at, select classes for professionals on the left had side to register. 

Cool your Home Naturally


The sun's rays beating through a window and on a rooftop can drastically raise the internal temperature of a home. This process is called external heat gain. Aside from planting trees and changing the color of your house and roof, not much can be done to ward off external heat gain. Steps can be taken to reduce internal heat gain however. Internal heat gain comes from the collection of heat given off by sources inside the home. The most common sources of internal heat gain are appliances, electronic devices, and lighting.

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