From Margaret Everton on October 19, 2010 in Los Angeles
Most people know the benefits of increasing their home’s energy efficiency, and have taken the steps necessary to lower their utility bills. However, while making small changes can certainly be beneficial, taking a “whole house” approach to energy efficiency can increase savings even more, as well as ensure that everything is working together harmoniously.
What is the “whole house” approach, exactly? It’s making sure that every room powered by your home’s electricity is updated and working properly, including windows, insulation, ducts, heating and cooling systems, etc. That way, these components can work together as an entire system instead of separate entities.
For example, if a heating system is in tip-top shape but the windows are old and drafty, then the heat generated is failing to keep your home a comfortable temperature, therefore costing you much more money than it’s worth. By fixing both, this problem is eliminated.
If incentive is what you need to make these changes, the state of California is looking to help. A new statewide incentive program could give homeowners up to $3,000 in rebates—possibly more if they amp up their energy savings above 20%.
The program will by administered by Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Co., and will go by the name Energy Upgrade California. Plans are currently in the works.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Noble