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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

Finding Property Information Using Nevada County GIS

By |2019-06-26T15:56:09-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: California, SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Finding Property Information Using Nevada County GIS

If you are curious about the details of your property or a property you are interested in buying, you can look up the property on Nevada County’s GIS on the county’s website. The county has a transparent, open access database with detailed information on property structures, local service districts (i.e. local provider of water, utilities, [...]

14 05, 2019

The Potential Risks of Unpermitted Construction: What You Need to Know

By |2019-06-26T15:54:03-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: California, SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Potential Risks of Unpermitted Construction: What You Need to Know

Last year the Nevada County Building Department changed its approach to building code enforcement to increase compliance. Rather than inspect properties when a complaint was made, which was the previous policy, now county officials are inspecting properties based on awareness of information about possible code violations. This new approach has significantly increased the scope of [...]

11 02, 2019

Enhancing Your Property Value With Solar

By |2019-06-12T14:00:08-07:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Enhancing Your Property Value With Solar

A Case Study of Solar Valuation from a Past Customer Sharon Sausedo, of Sausedo Realty, bought a property in Penn Valley that needed extensive work and upgrades before selling. She repaired and remodeled the house, and then put it on the market in late 2018. Prospective buyers saw the existing solar panels on the roof [...]

16 01, 2019

The Time for Time-of-Use has Arrived!

By |2019-06-12T13:55:13-07:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: California, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Time for Time-of-Use has Arrived!

When everyone is using power at the same time, it is very expensive to produce that power. Investor-owned utilities pass this expense onto ratepayers in the form of Time-of-Use (TOU) rate schedules. Mandated by the California Public Utilities Commission, TOU rates encourage consumers to change their behavior to save both energy and money, which translates [...]

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 [...]