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Posted by M. T. Russell on May 17, 2010 at 4:51pm


Efficiency First


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Michael Russell is available to speak at your club or community event in San Diego County.  Learn how to safely increase your home energy efficiency, and reduce your utility bills. Ask questions about renewable energy generation, and consider a consultation or a building energy audit.

As a California Home Energy Efficiency Rater and a Certified Home Energy Auditor and Building Envelope Specialist by the Building Performance Institute, Michael Russell offers homeowners and small businesses professional advice about how best to reduce energy bills and take advantage of existing incentives.

There will be no better time in the future of energy costs, as demand rises and energy resources dwindle, you can expect that costs will accelerate over time. If you are a homeowner or small business, give yourself a competitive advantage by becoming energy neutral or energy positive. Green is good, green-backs are better.

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Energy Upgrade California

There are a number of financial assistance options available to you from local energy providers and the State of California. Options range from rebates on efficient appliances to incentives for participating in events, or more holistic approaches to energy efficiency, like the Home Upgrade program. Contact your energy provider to see what's best for your home.
There are two Home Upgrade Program options to choose from: Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade or Advanced Home Upgrade.
Work with a specially trained participating contractor (or rater) or a home upgrade advisor to review possible energy efficiency improvements that meet your energy and comfort needs. You must choose a minimum of three measures to qualify to receive up to $3000 in rebates.
For the Advanced Home Upgrade option, rebates are calculated based on the energy saved by your upgrade. Rebates start at $550 and may exceed $5,500*.

Base Measures:
  • Duct sealing
  • Duct replacement
  • Whole building air sealing
  • Attic insulation and air sealing
Flex Measures:
  • Wall insulation
  • Floor insulation
  • Duct insulation
  • Furnace
  • Air conditioner
  • Gas storage water heater
  • Gas on-demand water heater
  • Electric storage water heater
  • Energy-efficient windows
Also take the "My Energy Survey" from SDG&E to set goals and a loading order for improvements.

Renovate America - HVAC primer:

When you're looking for a new energy-efficient HVAC system, you'll spot a variety of energy efficiency ratings on the units. To ensure you're getting the best system for your needs, it's worth knowing which systems are ranking better—that's key for getting the most out of your investment.
  • AHRI: The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute is an independent lab that provides objective, accurate SEER ratings for HVAC equipment. They're tasked with certifying that a manufacturer's efficiency claims are true.

  • AFUE: This stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, which measures the efficiency of a gas furnace used to convert fuel to energy.

  • EER: This stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio, which measures how efficiently your cooling system operates when the outdoor temperature reaches a specific level. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system.

  • SEER: This stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which measures the efficiency of air conditioning and heat pump cooling. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. The federally regulated minimum SEER ratingis 13 or 14, but the ranking can go up to as high as 25.

  • HSPF: This stands for Heat Seasonal Performance Factor, which measures the heating efficiency of heat pumps. The higher the HSPF rating, the more efficient the heat pump.

  • MERV Rating: This stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting value, which is a standard used to rate the overall efficiency of air filters. The higher the MERV rating, the finer the filtration system. Better filtration is important, as it clears the air of contaminants that your family would otherwise be breathing in.

  • NATE Certification: The NATE certification becomes important when you look to hire an HVAC technician. IT stands for North American Technician Excellence, which is a nonprofit certification program for HVAC professionals. Making sure your contractor has this certification helps ensure you're getting a qualified, skilled person for the job.
With these easy tips, you can learn how HVAC works for your family, leaving you better prepared to pick the right system for your home.


Resources for Home-Owners

This is a list of links to some of the Government Hand-books available to home owners.…Continue

Tags: Efficiency, Energy, Owner, Property, Home

Started by Sustainable Future Sep 26, 2010.


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