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23 07, 2019

Natural Backyard Dwellings

By |2019-07-25T11:06:47-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Community, Energy Efficiency, Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Natural Backyard Dwellings

By Neil Decker, co-founder of Starseed Creative and natural builder, specializing in Hempcrete structures that instill a sense of magic, belonging, and self. Have you ever imagined adding a small dwelling to your property? One that could be healthy, energy efficient, fire-resistant, and serve your family or community? Natural building is a healthy construction method [...]

23 07, 2019

Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

By |2019-07-31T10:31:42-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

Q and A With Ray This Q & A pertains to California's Quantum Leap in Building Standards. The questions answered here come from inquiries into concepts, technologies and standard specific rhetoric found in our article on California's rooftop solar mandate. What are heat pump water heaters? A heat pump water heater is an electric household water [...]

18 06, 2019

An Affordable Cooling Alternative

By |2019-06-20T13:37:30-07:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on An Affordable Cooling Alternative

Affordable Ways to Cool Your Home Are you looking for a more affordable way to cool your home? Unfortunately, many people these days can't afford to spend the money it takes to get air conditioning installed, much less the cost of operation. Fortunately, there’s an affordable solution! Have you seen the new breed of “Evaporative [...]

14 05, 2019

Avoiding Home Energy Saving Scams – Part 2 – Reflective Insulation

By |2019-06-12T14:45:02-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Avoiding Home Energy Saving Scams – Part 2 – Reflective Insulation

This one has been making the rounds around Nevada County lately. “Radiant Barrier Insulation”, “Reflective Insulation” or “Radiant Insulation” are various names applied to products that are typically of dubious merit.  While it depends on the circumstances under which and the way they’re installed, they generally don’t perform as advertised, don’t save enough to justify [...]

13 03, 2019

Energy Savings Solutions Series in Grass Valley

By |2019-06-26T16:45:40-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: California, Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Energy Savings Solutions Series in Grass Valley

This spring, Energy Savings Solutions, a free public workshop series taught by industry experts, will provide practical information on building-scale energy efficiency to complement the Grass Valley Energy Action Plan. The goal of the series is to educate and inspire community members to take action to reduce their energy consumption while saving money and benefiting [...]

12 03, 2019

Avoiding Energy Saving Scams, Part 1

By |2019-06-12T14:14:48-07:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Avoiding Energy Saving Scams, Part 1

Save your hard-earned money and ensure your friends or family do not fall victim to an energy saving scam. After reading this article, you will know how to identify one of these scams! A common energy scam you’re likely to come across is a little box, usually about the size of a wall timer, that [...]

16 01, 2019

Heat Pumps 101

By |2019-06-26T16:48:13-07:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Heat Pumps 101

Heat Pumps – Efficient Appliances That Deliver Both Comfort and Savings A heat pump is sort of like an air conditioner, but with a reversing valve so it can both heat and cool your building very efficiently, with electricity! Heat pumps have evolved a lot over the past few decades, and there are several significant [...]

16 01, 2019

How to Offset Your Electricity Bill With Solar: A Case Study

By |2019-06-26T16:50:54-07:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency, SEG Projects|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How to Offset Your Electricity Bill With Solar: A Case Study

In 2015 Sustainable Energy Group installed a solar array for customers Marcia and Roger in Grass Valley designed to eliminate their $1,700/year electric bill.  Last year, they implemented our recommendations on Time Of Use (TOU) and Net Energy Metering. By shifting the bulk of their energy use to off peak hours, they were able to [...]