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Evaporative Cooling – Less Energy, Lower Cost

By |2020-07-30T15:32:25-07:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: Community, Energy Efficiency|Tags: , |

Evaporative Cooling - Less Energy, Lower Cost A low-cost summer, energy saving cooling option for your home here in the Sierra Foothills of California. If you don’t have any cooling or if you’re paying too much for air-conditioning, I have a viable alternative for you [...]

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To Screen or Not to Screen? A case study on home solar screens

By |2020-06-30T17:58:05-07:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Energy Efficiency, SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , |

To Screen or Not to Screen? A stay at home case study on solar screens and other home cooling techniques Are you unknowingly heating the inside of your home in the summer with solar energy? Solar energy coming through your windows may be a welcome [...]

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Security and Comfort amidst COVID-19

By |2020-03-27T09:35:13-07:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Community, Energy Efficiency, Power Backups - Batteries, Sustainable Living|Tags: , |

Security and Comfort Amidst COVID-19 Sustainable living in the age of COVID-19 and power outages. I don’t know about you, but my family has been pretty stressed out lately. We have two physicians in the family on the frontlines of this pandemic, each with older [...]

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What do we need, right now?

By |2020-03-27T09:54:41-07:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Living|

What do we need, right now? To me it's 5 things. Food, water, shelter, health and energy. Why? Because, without these essentials, nothing else matters. If I am hungry and thirsty, there is nothing else I want but food and water. When it's cold at [...]

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South Yuba Club’s Sustainability Strategy

By |2020-03-04T11:01:02-08:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Community, Energy Efficiency, SEG Projects, Sustainable Living|

The South Yuba Club’s Sustainability Strategy Saves $ and Shows Their Dedication to a Healthy Future In 2018, commercial buildings accounted for almost 20% of all energy used in the U.S. and accounted for approximately 17% of all U.S. CO2 emissions. They consumed 18.61 quadrillion [...]

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How Does Solar Impact Home Value?

By |2020-02-25T13:27:03-08:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Solar, Solar Industry/Technology|

How Does Solar Impact Home Value? Research shows that homes with solar sell for more. That is, your home with solar has a higher value than a similar home without solar. They also indicate that homes with solar sell faster than those without. A 2019 [...]

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Natural Backyard Dwellings

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

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 [...]

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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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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? [...]

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An Affordable Cooling Alternative

By |2019-06-20T13:37:30-07:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Avoiding Home Energy Saving Scams – Part 2 – Reflective Insulation

By |2019-06-12T14:45:02-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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